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The Most Heinous Crime of All
The Most Heinous Crime of All
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
A few days ago a young Australian woman was raped. She was lying in a hospital bed having just experienced several strokes that left her paralysed but mentally unaffected. A male nurse, whose job it was to care for her in this vulnerable state, committed the most heinous crime by raping her while she watched and felt every second of it, unable to do anything. She is young; married with two kids, at the top of her career and has everything to live for. The affects of these strokes will take years of physical therapy to accomplish some level of recovery, and I wish her well. However the rape is another matter.
When you’re a kid there were always monsters in the closet, under the bed or looming outside the window, but when you meet a real one as an adult, nothing is ever the same again. The act of rape is a crime of violence, the predator enacting some dark ritual of hate, revenge or some twisted purpose. These criminals are sociopathic, their victims an object of need. There is no empathy, no mercy no consideration, only opportunity.
The perpetrator will of course be jailed for a long time, but the longest sentence will be experienced by the victim, whose life will be shadowed by this event for ever. The raw emotion of a rape experience can dismantle the human psyche, slowly and surely questioning personal worth and what they have done to deserve this suffering. The mental anguish experienced by a victim of rape is immeasurable and the affects spread out like the spokes of a wheel, affecting partners, children, family and friends. Partners feel guilt for having allowed this to happen, as well as hate and feelings of vengeance. Children will feel sadness, helplessness and anger with nowhere to direct these emotions. In fact everyone who knows the victim will experience a plethora of emotions and feelings that can affect each life.
For the victim, each day is a torture, reliving the experience and all the feelings associated with it. The normal feelings of safety and control that we take for granted are torn from grasp and open a wound that will take years if not a lifetime to address and overcome. Trust issues, paranoia, anxiety, depression and fear come to the forefront of consciousness and can dictate every thought and decision. The process of therapy that must follow is long and arduous and piece by piece of one’s normal perspective in life will be re-established to bring back feelings of safety and confidence.
The woman’s family will never be the same, every person affected in some way by this horrendous act. One cannot express the sadness and sympathy felt for a loved one who has suffered this fate; a strong and independent woman, no doubt respected by her colleagues and loved by family and friends alike. God give her the strength to overcome this. Hopefully she will and reclaim her life, with the support of loving people who will do anything to help.
There simply is no comprehension when it comes to this monster who so carelessly tried to destroy a life. It proves beyond doubt that human beings are just about capable of anything. This man is an animal, worth nothing more than a rabid dog. He has no real human attributes beyond base primitive animal instincts and needs. I pray that he spends the rest of his life away from society, deprived of all his needs. I don’t feel revenge, just sadness that our species could produce such a being. This is the most heinous crime of all.