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

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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Ranked #10 in Criminal Law

well if the communication was clear she wanted to fulfill a rape fantasy no he is not at fault, but he will have to prove that in court, by future of the fact she is taking him to court means there was at the very least a misunderstanding and more probable yet a crime

if he used a PLASTIC knife.. then we might excuse him, but using a real knife puts it into a bit more criminal intent. One would have to look at his background too. The whole thing is nuts.

Very interesting, but taboo subject. This is reality. Good article.

Stebble

Just on the rape fantasy for women part, a number of studies show it to be a fairly significant fantasy that about 1/3 to 2/3 of women have. Nothing can condone what he did, but it's easy to believe he may have thought she was okay with it. There are many people who play out bondage and torture fantasy and we can't judge them.

prairiefire

Well, it doesnt look like the Judge bought McDowell's story. He was sentenced to 60 years to life in prison. The same sentence that Stipe received.

nic

Spot-on Stebble! On a more anecdotal note...nearly all my exes, my current girlfriend and a few female friends have admitted this as their no.1 fantasy....so not exactly rare...or sad for that matter!

Stebble

It does say something of McDowell that he voluntarily changed his plea from "not guilty" to "guilty." From reviewing many reports on this case, it appears that, once he realized what really happened, he wanted to make this as easy on the woman as possible. His remorse at what he accidentally did must be mixed with the horror he knows he unwittingly created.

Perhaps the real case yet to come is McDowell's teaming up with the woman in a civil case against Stipe, the real criminal.

Stebble

It does say something of McDowell that he voluntarily changed his plea from "not guilty" to "guilty." From reviewing many reports on this case, it appears that, once he realized what really happened, he wanted to make this as easy on the woman as possible. His remorse at what he accidentally did must be mixed with the horror he knows he unwittingly created.

Perhaps the real case yet to come is McDowell's teaming up with the woman in a civil case against Stipe, the real criminal.

Hazel

One would think that in such a scenario as this that (a) the men would be suspicious of a craig's list ad posting such detailed personal information as in the case & (b) surely they would meet up in person first to discuss the request? Given the ad is requesting McDowell commit a criminal act, you'd have thought he wanted to make doubly sure it was all "consentual".

nic, your personal poll of a handful of women doesn't not mean a rape fantasy is common. If I apply the same logic as you to my circle of friends, my conclusion is that rape fantasies are extremely rare - non existent.

Stebble - support your argument with references to these so called studies. I have never heard of any study purporting that 1/3 to 2/3 of women have rape fantasies.

Hazel: Stebble is right about the % of women who have this fantasy at least according to this site: www.psychologytoday.com/blog/all-about-sex/201001/womens... He was convicted and did get the same sentence as Stripe so obviously there were more to the facts than what was revealed at the time.

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