So I'm skimming along in Google Reader, thinking it's the year 2007, when whoa! I happen upon this post by Female Science Professor. Did he actually call her "science lady"? WTF? What millennium are we living in?
And this is the kind of response you get from the authorities when you are calling about a long-standing, well-documented problem of stalking/harassment. But hey, she wasn't actually physically assaulted by the stalker, so what's the big deal, right? Plus, she was asking for it.
What if she was physically assaulted and was actually unable to ask for it at the time - i.e., unconscious? What if the offender is actually convicted by our justice system of rape? Well, if you are Very Important Brain Researcher Tracy McIntosh, then a slap on the wrist and a few months of house arrest ought to be sufficient. Don't forget the six months off to accept a research appointment at a medical facility in Milan, Italy. The world must not be deprived of Tracy McIntosh's brilliance - let's not let a little thing like sexual assault of his friend's niece stand in the way! Potential academic rapists, take note: if you want to get off with just the minor inconvenience of house arrest, make sure to portray yourself as doing research of immense "societal value", which far outweighs the pain and lifetime of emotional trauma you have inflicted upon your victim. I mean, she was just a woman after all.
Fortunately, the moronic judge Rayford A. Means has finally had the decency to disqualify himself from McIntosh's appeals court-ordered resentencing. The DA is asking the new judge for "prison time of at least 5 1/2 years".
But I have to say, these two experiences with the cops and the courts don't give me a lot of faith in the system should I ever be in need of it.