Rape Trial Attorney Implies Victim is a Liar Because Women are Better at Lying Being the ‘Weaker Sex’

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The not guilty verdict of wealthy businessman has left many upset, but it is the comments of his lawyer that has seemed to fan the flames making matters worse for his client. 51-year-old  Mark Giannini, was charged with drugging and raping a 25-year-old woman he had hired to clean his home. During the closing statement, his lawyer Steve Farese implied that the complainant was lying- as women are so good at it, what with being the “weaker” of the two sexes. His comment are not only untrue and disrespectful, but contribute to rape culture in upholding the stigma that survivors should not come forward for fear of not being believed.

As reported By The Grio:

During his closing statement, Farese said, “There’s always a reason behind a lie. People can be very good at lying. Women can be especially good at it because they’re the weaker sex and we, that’s what the books say, and we want to protect them and not have anyone take advantage of them. At least I do.”

The comments prompted immediate outrage, with Memphis Area Women’s Council executive director Deborah Clubb saying that they were “absolutely despicable.”

Local newspaper The Commercial Appeal reported that after the jury came back with a verdict of not guilty, the woman accusing Giannini “left crying and screaming.”

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich praised the woman for her bravery in coming forward and stated that she hoped the outcome, which she said she was “deeply disappointed” by, would not dissuade other women from doing the same.

Giannini has two other rape cases against him that are still pending.

It was very irresponsible of Farese to have made such statements and places many survivors of sexual assault in danger. The incidence of reporting is already dismally in cases of sexual assault and we needn’t any more impediments for those seeking help to come forward.

What will future juries think of the other survivors who’s cases are still pending? Has Farese’s statements compromised how others will perceive others who accuse his client of the same crimes as liars? Share your thoughts in our comment section below.

(Article By Tasha Sharifa)

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