I was outraged when I read the article published in the Chinook Observer on Feb. 4 titled "Naselle man faces charges of raping NYC escapee."
I will admit I was relieved to read the criminal who committed rape was apprehended and in custody because it meant our community was safer, however, that feeling was quickly squashed as I read the following quote by Pacific County prosecuter David Burke, "What's odd about this case," Burke said, referring to the victim's escape from NYC, "is that I can't recall a case where the victim is also a criminal."
First of all, I am extremely disappointed in the Chinook Observer for printing that quote. I find that statement highly inappropriate and I am deeply offended by it. I am outraged that a minor youth, who was a victim of a terrible crime, was labeled as a criminal herself in a public forum.
As far as I am concerned, the Chinook Observer and Mr. David Burke ought to be ashamed of themselves for being so insensitive to this youth and any other young women who have been raped. It does not matter if a person is white, black, pink or blue, convicted felon or innocent citizen, when a woman is victimized by rape they do not need to be further victimized by people or the media by labeling them as anything but a victim.
The article that the Chinook Observer decided to print was a poor decision. It is my belief that it will give other women who are victims of rape pause to come forward and report for fear of being judged or ridiculed. That is what I call unfair injustice.