Her name is Donna Rotunno. She grew up in Chicago and became a lawyer with a reputation. She started prosecuting crimes but eventually became an expert for sex crimes. To some, it might come as a surprise that she is never working on the side of the female victims but is defending the men who stand trial.
During the first phase of the #metoo movement, she took another side and spoke up, saying that though the movement is helping the feminist cause, it is doing more harm than good.
The #metoo Movement is encouraging women to speak up about sexual assaults. In the Weinstein case alone, more than 80 women stepped up and told the truth. Rottuno goes as far as saying that the me2 movement is causing harm to day-to-day encounters between men and women and that it´s “stripping us of our fundamental rights.” She means the right to be innocent until proven guilty. She says that men now have to prove their innocence because they are framed guilty from the start.
” I think that women need to be heard, which is different than women needing to be believed.” The puts the statement she gave in practice at court. So far, the lawyer has lost only one of her cases. Every other man she defended walked away.
She is known for tough cross-examination. In the Weinstein case, she has brought up a blog post written, but never published, by one of his victims. She women recalled what happened to her at court. Then Donna Rotunno stepped up and made her read the blog entry that retells the same experience but in comedy style. She used this to say that in court the women were letting the experience sound awful but in the blog post, it´s lightheartedly written. The victim explained that she tried to change the experience into a comedy. The coping mechanism works in many different ways and writing something traumatic down in a way that makes it feel less cruel is a way to move forward. It is not something that should be used for victim shaming. And that is, what many say, Rotunno does with victims.
Donna Rotunno lacks a fundamental understanding of victims of sexual crimes. She has by far more sympathy for the predators. This was shockingly revealed in an interview she gave yesterday. At the end of the interview, she was asked if she had ever been sexually assaulted. She said no, because “I would never put myself in that position.” She goes even further, ” I’ve always made choices from college-age on where I never drank too much. I never went home with someone that I didn’t know. I just never put myself in any vulnerable circumstances ever.” What she is saying is that it is the fault of the victims when they get sexually assaulted and raped, because they could have made smarter choices. It is the same when men claim that it´s the fault of a woman when she´s wearing a short skirt – as if this is an invitation to assaulting her. It is not! No woman is to blame when a man sees her looks and body as an invitation to harm her. No man has the right to believe a woman is beneath him and therefore he can do whatever he wants to her. And every woman who claims in such a case the man is the victim should be ashamed.
After the interview with Rotunno aired the prosector said that Rotunno had violated the agreement not to discuss the case outside the court. Further, he said that she had called the witnesses against Weinstein “liars”. Rotunno answered that the interview was recorded “long ago” – which is not true. It was recorded last week. As far as truthfulness goes, Rotunno has a lot left to learn.