Revenge Rape and Reason is Ty Oliver Mcdowell a Rapist or a Victim

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Ty Oliver McDowell has been charged with the rape of a Wyoming woman in a case that has stunned America. Is he guilty of this rape by proxy or is he too a victim of a diabolical mind.

Most people who have heard about the Craig's list rape by proxy of the Wyoming woman that occurred in December have been shocked by not only the brutal rape of a woman who was an innocent victim of an ex boyfriends sick mind, but also by the rapist who actually committed the crime. Many people believe that both men should get what they deserve. But what exactly does that mean in the case of Ty Oliver McDowell? Should the man be convicted of a Rape? Or is he perhaps a victim in the diabolical scheme of Jebidah James Stripe?

In order to determine that, we have to look at the facts, What McDowell honestly believed, and if that belief was reasonable.

Posing as the victim, Stripe placed an ad complete with picture on Craig's list. He stated in the ad that he was the woman and that she wanted to fulfill a sexual fantasy in which she was raped. Stating specifically in the ad that she was looking for an aggressive male who had little regard for women.

If McDowell is telling the truth, he saw the ad and emailed the woman, who was stripe posing as the woman, and they communicated by messenger back and forth as she detailed her fantasy and exactly what she would like done. After, discussing the fantasy. McDowell then on December 11, 2009 broke into the woman's home, tied her to a chair, held a knife to her throat, and raped her. Thus fulfilling what he claims he believed to be the woman's fantasy.

At this stage we have no reason to disbelieve his story. But, was his belief and actions based on that belief reasonable?

In determining how reasonable a persons actions are we have to look at what a normal person would do in the same situation. Here is where the real problem comes in. The idea that women have rape fantasies have been perpetuated by men's magazines, and pornographic movies and books. A certain segment of the male population is going to believe that such as a fantasy exists in the minds women. And sadly, though rare, it does exist in the minds of a few women, as hard as that is for most of us to accept.

This fantasy obviously appeals to many men or they would not be watching these movies or buying these magazines, even normal men who would never commit a rape may harbor such fantasies. So, while the idea makes most people's skin crawl it was “reasonable” for McDowell to believe that a woman could harbor this fantasy.

But, would a reasonable man act upon it? Everything within most of us shouts no. But, the truth is there are many couples who in the privacy of their homes act out fantasies include bondage fantasies. So, is it less reasonable that a man who has such a fantasy would, if he could find a woman that shares that fantasy act on it? The truth is that his actions may well be considered reasonable in the face of the facts as we now know them.

There are those who claim this man was a rapist ready to happen, and while I don't necessarily disagree I also believe we will never know. There are probably thousands if not millions of people who have sexual fantasies both big and small that they have never acted upon. This man could have been one of them. On the other hand his enthusiasm in acting out this fantasy may well be an indication that he would have at sometime committed such an act on a woman he knew to be unwilling.

What is most disturbing is Stripe's actions. By setting up the rape fantasy the way he did, by communicating with McDowell while pretending to be the victim, he set up a situation where the victim herself could not stop what was happening. No matter how many times she told McDowell to stop, how tearfully she begged, he was primed by Stripe to believe that this was all part of the playacting.

It is Stripe who should get the harshest sentence. As for McDowell, though his actions are enough to make out skin crawl he just might have a case that could get him off, or at least a reduced sentence.

Let's not forget Craig's list. Until we make laws making it illegal for such ads as these to get posted there are going to be sites such as these who will make their money uncaring who gets hurt in the process. In fact, the more notoriety this site seems to get, the more people seem to want to use it.

It is the victim, the poor woman whose only mistake was having dated Stripe in the first place that is going to paying for this crime the rest of her life.

I also think that this case is a comment on society at large. At how despite years of effort and the many changes society has undergone, we still see women as objects meant for the use, misuse, and abuse of men. As long as that perception exists in the eyes of even one man no woman is ever going to be truly safe in the world, or even in her own home.

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