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Two people who backed Stanford swimmer in sex assault case apologize: Do apologies carry any weight in sexual assault cases?

  • Yes, contrition is a good sign.

    As long as the apology is backed by a sincere desire to do better in the future, I think that it is a good start. The apologies help show that people can change their minds without losing face. They can help change attitudes by showing that we will not tolerate sexual assault.

  • No, they absolutely do not

    Apologizing won't undo the fact that the sexual assault happened. What if the victim was traumatized? What if participating in sexual activity is against the victim's religion and being assaulted just condemned them to hell and guilt that isn't their fault? Apologies don't reverse trauma and fix mistakes that are as severe as this. What if the victim's parents are in despair? What if the victim becomes depressed and suicidal? What if people accuse the victim of being a slut and refuse enrollment and hiring? It's a big mess that apologies just don't fix.

  • No, not at all.

    Maybe people can murder others without consent too when they are drunk too then. Have a few glass of wine and voila and then you too can rape people. After that you can apologize and everything is just fine?! I have no empathy for social justice warriors. None. Rape is not an accident where a person falls sleep on a wheel.

  • Apologies are pointless in sexual assault cases

    I wonder, what were they trying to accomplish when they apologized? What has been done has already been done. You can't heal the victims wounds by apologizing. She will have to live with this for the rest of her life. It is almost as if apologizing someone this late in the incident is mocking the person. It would be better just to say nothing at all.


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