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The [Supreme Court of California] had this to say on a case involving a woman who was raped by a police officer:


: "Along with other forms of sexual assault, it belongs to that class of indignities against the person that cannot ever be fully righted, and that diminishes all [humanity]."

:: Mary M. v. City of Los Angeles 54 Cal.3d 202,222 (1991) [285 Cal.Rptr. 99; 814 P.2d 1341]


One [Supreme Court of the United States] opinion included:


: "We do not discount the seriousness of rape as a crime. It is highly reprehensible, both in a moral sense and in its almost total [contempt] for the personal integrity and autonomy] of the female victim and for the latter's privilege of choosing those with whom intimate relationships are to be established. Short of [homicide], it is the "ultimate violation of self." It is also a violent crime because it normally involves force, or the threat of force or intimidation, to overcome the will and the capacity of the victim to resist. Rape is very often accompanied by physical injury to the female and can also inflict mental and psychological damage. Because it undermines the community's sense of security, there is public injury as well."

:: Coker v. Georgia 433 U.S. 584 at 597-598 (1977) [53 L.Ed.2d 982, 97 S.Ct. 2861] (plur. opn. of White, J.; conc. and dis. opn. of Powell, J.)


Researcher Metzger wrote:


: "Rape is loss. Like death, it is best treated with a period of mourning and grief. We should develop social ceremonies for rape, [ritual]s, that, like [funeral]s and [wake]s, would allow the mourners to recover the spirits that the rapist, like death, steals. The social community is the appropriate center for the restoration of spirit, but the rape victim is usually shamed into silence or self-imposed isolation." (Metzger, D. (1976). "It is always the woman who is raped." American Journal of Psychiatry, 133 (4), 405-408)

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