Victim Blaming, Slut Shaming – I’m so OVER it.

A cop in Pittsburgh is currently on trial for using his official position as a police officer to coerce female citizens into providing him sexual favors. The charges include attempted rape, indecent assault and coercion – among other things. So why am I surprised when the defense attorneys accuse the victims of lying and slander the character of these women by asserting that they are not credible?

The defense attorney Jim Ecker’s own words:

I think they all copied each other — one after another after another after another,

The similarity of testimony does not belie credibility for me. The fact is the women are repeating a similar account of events because they were all assaulted by the SAME PERSON! Unless this Skweres jerk has dissociative identity disorder, one would expect his behavior to adhere to a definitive modus operandi. The short time span over which the crimes were committed also leaves me unsurprised as to the commonality of the crimes. And the fact that Skweres has been a cop for five years means he has practiced and contemplated how to leverage his position of power to intimidate the very people who deserved his protection, not to be at his disposal. And on top of that, he is a drug using cop. Bravo!

Where are the arguments challenging the credibility of this (arguably) former police officer? I mean seriously, the police found drugs in this car! People can come out and say how great this guy is, how he served in the armed forces, or that this isn’t in his character. But criminals are often amazingly good at hiding their criminal nature behind a façade of normalcy. Just google Ted Bundy.

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