This is so the worst thing you're going to read all day.

[Trigger warning for sexual violence.]

So, this article in the New York Times is pretty much a textbook case in how the rape culture, and its erroneous narratives about being able to identify a rapist based on his appearance or behavior or personal circumstances, serves to protect rapists.
In meeting with Mr. Akassy, who is from Ivory Coast, Mr. Simmons said he found him to be an intelligent, "very well-spoken, very well-groomed, good-looking person."

"What I derived from his personality, I can't see him being this violent or raping any person," he said.


[A woman who was stalked by Akassy] went to the police, she said, and a detective took a report. The detective told her not to worry because Mr. Akassy's Web site,, indicated that he was a public figure and therefore he was unlikely to "do anything stupid."
Note that one of the narratives of the rape culture is that women should be magically able to identify rapists to avoid becoming their victims...but when women correctly construe a man as a potential threat and report him to authorities for escalating harassment, their intuition is dismissed out of hand.

Can't win. Can't fucking win.

[H/T to Shaker Bruno.]

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