The rape of an employed woman in a dark alley in Potts Point last month is a warning that women’s emancipation will take a terrible human toll.
The 25-year-old Paralegal was walking down Victoria Street to buy food at 8.30pm when a man forced her into the alley between two terrace houses.
It is unclear whether or not her clothing was provocative. What is clear, is that the woman was walking on her own, without a man, so nobody was later able to give police a description of her assailant.
The alley where she was attacked is at the northern end of Victoria Street. The lighting was like something out of the backblocks of St Ives: completely inadequate as a deterrent to crime. You can hardly blame the rapist in a situation like this.
It was clearly an ideal spot for a predator.
Although women may now learn their lesson and avoid walking alone after dark, there remains a greater worry.
It’s possible that more women will take jobs, neglecting their child-rearing responsibilities to pursue progress in their chosen careers.
Sadly, studies show that women who work are significantly more exposed to workplace sexual harassment than women who stay at home.
Sure, working is great to help women meet a husband, or take care of secretarial or culinary responsibilities. Somebody has to answer phones, clean toilets, and prepare food.
But this leads to women getting grand ideas about the part they can play in society. It’s only one step from studying law, to flaunting your stuff along a dark alley at night time.
Professional bra burners might – shame on them – try to exploit this rape to suggest that “patriarchy” or “systematic oppression” is behind this incident. Yet time and time again, as women learn more about rape culture, more rape is reported.
You’d think it’s obvious: men don’t rape women, dim lighting rapes women.
And after all – if the woman had stayed home to cook, none of this would ever have happened.