According to a London newspaper a lawyer defending three boys accused of raping two teenagers argued that one of the victims was likely grateful for the “attention” because she was fat.
The lawyer is quoted as saying:
She was 12st 6lb – not quite the swan she may turn into. She may well have been glad of the attention.
This disgusting piece of news is, of course, reminiscent of what happened earlier this week. When the Shakesville blog was invaded by trolls slinging a repulsive blend of rape imagery and fat hatred in an attempt to terrorize and humiliate a blogger who criticized the Opie and Anthony show.
The only difference is in how graphic the trolls were, but the message is pretty much the same: fat women should be grateful for any attention they get: even if it’s rape. Even if it’s death threats.
It seems to me that this is the flip side of the Catch-22 for rape victims: if you’re seen as “attractive” or dress “provocatively” then you can’t have been raped because you were asking for it. If you’re seen as unattractive or fat, then you can’t have been raped because you were obviously desperate for it.