Neo is far from perfect, and doesn't take criticism very well -- even when it's well-earned.
But a recent episode involving Neo and his criticism of a botched date rape case has led to a bizarre episode in which some of the Canadian blogosphere's most extreme left-wing ideologues are effectively defending a date rapist. It isn't a pretty sight.
The story revolves around a case in which Frank D'Angelo was acquitted of sexually assaulting a woman half his age, whom he'd known since she was a child.
The judge in the case, Justice John Hamilton, concluded that D'Angelo was probably guilty, but said that on a "he said/she said" basis he didn't have enough evidence to convict.
Canadian Cynic wannabe Audrey II concludes that Neo's anger over the verdict means that he "hates Western justice".
Serial troll and Groupthink Temple worshipper liberal supporter had a similar, more blatantly callous take on the matter:
"My own daughter would not have remained in the room while her rapist took a shower.According to the facts heard in court, D'Angelo's victim did, indeed, go with him to his hotel room. According to the facts heard in court, D'Angelo's victim did, indeed, remain in the room and get dressed while he had a shower.
My own daughter would not have accompanied her rapist out of the hotel after the rape.
My own daughter would not have got in her rapist's car after the rape.
My own daughter would not have waited until a day later after talking with her friends to go to the police.
All these provide plenty of reasonable doubt, in a 'he said-she said' situation with no other evidence."
News stories seem to turn up little validate liberal supporer's insistence that she left the hotel with him, or got in his car afterward.
But what liberal supporter is overlooking is the prevalence of date rape in Canadian society. Date rape, also known as assailant sexual assault, and can utilize numerous forms of coercion to force sex.
One of them is the use of body position to imply a threat, as was the case according to the testimony of D'Angelo's victim.
Moreover, date rape victims can be very confused about the affair, and may never realize they've been sexually assaulted. Many of them, likely expecting to face their assailant again in future, convince themselves that they weren't raped.
Many date rapes remain unreported due to this confusion. Many more remain unreported because victims don't want to face the social stigma that primates like liberal supporter cast upon them -- that, by having allegedly put themselselves in the position they were in, they were responsible for their victimization.
Given the facts surrounding and the prevalence of date rape, it would take either a true mysoginist or an extremely callous individual to cast such aspersions on the veracity of a date rape victim's claim based on these circumstances.
Sadly, it seems that neither liberal supporter nor Audrey II were ever taught that "no means no". It doesn't mean "maybe", and it doesn't mean "hold me down and then we'll talk about it".
No does mean no.