I’m not a Michael Vick fan. I don’t even remember what team he played for before he was convicted of dogfighting. What I do know is that many members of the public hate him. They don’t like the fact that Vick abused dogs, and they won’t forgive him even though he went to jail and has expressed remorse.
Michael Vick served an 18 out of a 23 month sentence for conspiracy and for operating a dogfighting ring. Now the 29 year old Vick has signed a one year deal, with an option for a second, with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The loud chorus of complaints and protests against Vick I find interesting. Dogfighting is “sadistic,” according to The Humane Society, and I agree. Training dogs to fight one another, causing severe damage to them and often death, is cruel and inhumane. Vick lost his job, went to jail, and will have to deal with the many people who hate him now. He’s paying his price.
It’s been a loud protest, especially from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Would the protest be as loud if Vick had raped a woman?
Sexual abuse against women committed by players in the NFL happens. Look at the past cases of players like Patrick Bates, Cornelius Bennett, Mark Chmura, and on and on. But where were the protests? Where were the people holding protest signs? Where were the outcries from organizations?
It’s gotten to the point that women aren’t even believed anymore.
“Attention Gold-Diggers: The False Rape Accusations Must Stop,” proclaims Andrew Nuschler , senior writer at the Bleacher Report.
How dare a woman accuse a pro football player of rape? A headline like Andrew’s is highly sexist and dangerous. It works to shift the blame and minimizes the seriousness of rape. According to the Sexual Assault Resource Center, “Women typically do not lie about rape. The FBI reports that false accusations account for only 2% of all reported sexual assaults.”
We’re not just talking the NFL; it begins early, in colleges and universities. Said Gail Abarbanel of the Santa Monica Hospital Medical Center, “A victim seeking redress often finds herself silenced for the sake of the university’s athletic success.”
How does the public feel about NFL players who are accused of rape? If the chorus of shouts and protests were as loud for men who rape as they have been for Michael Vick, perhaps the number of sexual assaults against women by players in the NFL would reduce. But if the abuse of dogs is considered more important than abuses against women, that’s not going to happen.
Sexual Assault Resource Center
The Humane Society