Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Big Ben's civil suit

As a native Burgher who isn't a woman-blaming fuck, I need to take a second to counter this "gold-digger" narrative coming from almost everyone I know regarding the woman taking Big Ben Roethlisberger to civil court over an alleged rape.

The alleged rape happened a year ago. If the she really had been raped, why wouldn't she have called the police then? Gotten a rape kit done? Pressed criminal charges?

This might give you a clue as to why. Or this.

If that's too vague for you try a quote from this...
According to her suit, the hotel’s chief of security told her, "Most girls would feel lucky to have sex with someone like Ben Roethlisberger.”
Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that Roethlisberger really did rape this woman. Put yourself in her hypothetical shoes. It's your word, you silly unknown schmuck, against Ben freaking Roethlisberger's. Big Ben, the quarterback for a nationally beloved team, the SuperBowl-winning team for fuck's sake. Jesus fuck, people, think about it for a second. It'd probably be easier just to try and get over it without involving the criminal justice system.

That leads, always, to question number 2: Why would she press a civil suit now?

Well, let's look at the details.

From the NY Times:
According to the civil complaint filed Friday in the Second Judicial District Court in Washoe County, Nev., the woman accused Roethlisberger of assault while he was a guest at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, where she is an employee. The suit, however, is also for libel and slander and is filed against nine defendants, including Roethlisberger. The eight others are reportedly employees at Harrah’s whom the woman accuses of defaming her following the assault. She also says Harrah's did not adequately investigate her complaint.
And these from The Examiner:
The lawsuit was coincidentally filed the week that Roethlisberger happened to be in Nevada attending another golf tournament.
Coincidentally, eh? Let's assume this woman's claims are true. Big Ben rapes her while in Nevada for a golf tournament. She presumably doesn't report it because of the horrible backlash that she'd face. She presumably tries her best to get over it. But it doesn't work. Over the next year, people she works with throw it in her face repeatedly. They tell her she's lucky to have been raped. She ends up spending time in a mental health hospital with depression.

And then the prick comes back to town a year later for another golf tournament. Wouldn't you be worried, if the man who raped you (and got away with it) was strolling back into town, just like before? Wouldn't you be furious, that this man who raped you, who made your past year miserable, was just walking around like nothing happened?

If you were in her position, and everything she said were true, wouldn't you want some justice?

At that point, a year later, a criminal suit is out of the question. So what are you supposed to do? Are you supposed to go on pretending nothing happened? You saw how much good that did you. The only real recourse you have is a civil suit.

Which is what she's doing.

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