Clearly, we’re always supposed to believe the claimant and it simply is never true that anyone cries rape untruthfully. Therefore this case in Cyprus must be because of something else. A girl – a woman if you prefer, but she’s a teenager so, decide for yourself – claimed she was gang raped. During the course of consensual sex with one of the party.
Well, OK, let’s have a trial, let’s see how far it is possible to determine what did happen:
A British woman has been found guilty of falsely accusing 12 Israeli men of gang-raping her while she was on holiday in Cyprus.
Well, guess we gotta go with that really. A trial being that test of the evidence that is available and a decision as to what it means.
But, of course, it just never is true that any woman cries rape when it’s not true in detail. So, what could explain this?
“We are here to defend a 19-year-old girl who has been horribly punished because of political interests,” said Andri Gioakatzi, who works at one of the island’s British bases. “She has had to pay the price of Cyprus’s desire to have good relations with Israel. That is why she has been through this and they let all the Israeli boys go.”
Earlier, the judge, Michalis Papathanasiou, had requested that protesters remove “gagging” masks painted with the image of sewed lips they were wearing in support of the young Briton.
“It is extraordinary that the court felt threatened by this piece of cloth and should demand that we remove it, or risk being arrested for contempt,” said Zelia Gregoriou, who teaches gender studies at the University of Cyprus and is a member of the newly created Network Against Violence Against Women.
All too often, she said, reports of rape by tourists holidaying on the Mediterranean island were dismissed by authorities neither trained nor sensitised in matters of gender.
“This is certainly not the first case of rape in Cyprus but it also takes place at a very significant time when Cyprus is trying to reinvent its relationship with Israel both economically and as a partner in defence,” added Gregoriou. “There is no doubt that this young British woman is a victim of the need to seal that political friendship … She was an essential sacrifice. Nobody was going to be allowed to get in the way.”
Yep, it’s all about the Joos. Anyone seen Jezza recently?