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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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Authorities Punish Rape Victim

Apr 16, 2012

Sacramento County prosecutors have locked up a 17-year-old against her wishes for ... being a rape victim!

And two superior court judges have upheld the detention, three times.

The prosecutors claim that they want to make sure the teenager appears at the trial of the 37-year-old Frank Rackley Sr., who is accused of abducting and raping her last July. Otherwise, they say, the case against Rackley would be dismissed–as happened last February.

It shouldn’t have been then. In fact, there was enough evidence to build a strong case against Rackley without the victim having to appear personally in court. Rackley has a history of raping women, and his DNA was found on the victim. The 17-year-old victim has already been traumatized. Not only did Rackley rape and beat her, he is an open racist with a swastika tattooed on his chest. She certainly didn’t want to relive it and has good reason to fear retaliation.

What reasonable human being would put her in a youth prison? Why not a hotel–like Mafia witnesses are put into? Why not a place where she could be protected? The treatment of her is horrible, but nothing new. This is what a male-dominated “justice” system has done for centuries: blame and punish women for being attacked by men. The system itself encourages violence against women.