My column in today's paper deals with the aftermath of this story, Sexual assault rescuer charged. I thought it would resonate with those among us who are tired of seeing victims of crime get the short end of the stick. I speak from experience (read about it here first, then here, and finally here.)
Here's what I wrote:
Protector's reaction understandableYour turn: Thoughts?
Published Wednesday, February 15, 2006
The London Free Press
It’s unfortunate that a man who rescued a sexual assault victim last week has himself been charged with assault.
Police say the victim’s boyfriend used excessive force when he attacked Marcel Ianni, who had allegedly attacked the female gas station attendant.
I wasn’t there, but I understand what he might have been thinking. Last year, a motorist assaulted me while I was cycling to work. He later pleaded guilty to assault and received a year’s probation.
As he walked back to his car, I felt torn about what to do next. I wanted to jump him from behind and pummel him until someone pulled me off. I wanted to do to him what he had done to me. I ultimately did nothing more than call 911 and allow justice to take its course.
I’m not saying citizens are justified in taking the law into their own hands.
I’m simply saying I understand what went through his mind when he heard his girlfriend had been sexually assaulted.
Who among us wouldn’t empathize?