It is fascinating yet ultimately horrifying how quickly some people are passing judgement on the girl in this Vhong beating case.
Yes, the story sounds fishy. There’s money involved. There the duration between the report of rape and the actual rape itself. It all seems just a little weird and questionable. But consider the alternative. I have friends who were raped. I’m certain many of you do as well. The trauma and impact it has on a person is unthinkable, and victims will often make the worst decisions of their lives after the fact. I’ve seen this myself.
Maybe we all need to ask ourselves: What If the person raped was a friend? A cousin? A sister? Lord knows it would take a the resolve of the Pope himself to stop myself from exacting an eye for an eye if that happened to one dear to me.
It’s all too easy to jump to conclusions. Especially in this case, where a well liked personality has been brutally beaten, and knowing that Vhong probably was a friend to some of you. But we all have to remember that the victim deserves the same rights as the accused. For us to do what I am seeing all over Facebook and twitter, sadly only perpetuates the problem. Think of the next victim who now had to think twice before reporting such a heinous act, for fear that she herself will be “hunted, haunted, and hounded.”
To deny her the most basic right to be heard, to pass judgement on her before the whole truth is out, is to also deny Vhong those same rights. It’s a sad state of affairs that I hope is not a reflection of the country’s view on rape.