Hospital predator’s appeal rejected: blames rape on victim, non-existent mental health disorder

Just another example[1] of the way in which vulnerable girls are used and abused by men who think they’re entitled to their bodies. This particular rapist was supposed to be tending to his hospitalised son overnight, but instead he decided on a little recreational rape to pass the time.

He follows the usual script[2]: first deny, then blame the victim for acting “seductive”, then attempt to fake a mental health problem. Gah.

[Cut for rape triggers.]

news.com.au: “Dad rapes girl in hospital bed next to sick son”

A major children’s hospital has been forced to introduce new security measures after a man visiting his ill son raped a teenage patient in the next bed.

Raouf Philopos sexually assaulted the girl for more than an hour as his six-year-old son slept and while nurses tended to patients in the ward at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

The 16-year-old victim was readmitted to the same hospital ward after turning to self-harm following the assault. The incident has forced a major review of Westmead’s child protection policies, and resulted in new protocols for overnight stays by carers.

[…]

Philopos was sentenced to a maximum 12 years’ jail for the offence, which occurred in 2003. But it only came to light last week when his appeal was rejected in the Supreme Court. Following the attack, the hospital launched a review into overnight stays and introduced a formal register of visitors.

[…]

The court was told Philopos had been given permission by hospital staff to sit in a chair for the night to be with his young son, who was recovering from a severe asthma attack. In the next bed, divided by a drawn curtain, slept the victim. She was in hospital suffering depression and severe social phobia.

Philopos approached her and started massaging her shoulders and ran his hands to her lower back, waist and thighs. He then indecently assaulted and raped her. Because of the girl’s illness she did not raise the alarm immediately, but later that day told her psychiatrist.

When interviewed by police, Philopos denied touching the woman, and said he spent the whole time looking after his sick son.

But at his trial he gave different versions and accused the victim of acting in a “very seductive way towards him”. Philopos’ DNA was found on the victim’s breast and semen samples found he could not be excluded as the source of the partial DNA profile. He was charged with six counts of indecent assault and rape.

He appealed on the grounds he was suffering a psychiatric condition at the time of the attack and was not fit to stand trial.

Philopos had emigrated to Australia from Egypt in 1993 and worked as a cleaner. His wife has filed for divorce.

In the appeal judgement, Justice McClelland found there was no suggestion Philopos was suffering a mental disorder at the time.

“Advantage was taken of a 16-year-old girl who had been hospitalised with psychiatric problems,” he said.

[1] “Just another example” [2] “The usual script”. How fucked up is that? WHY is this so common that the sequence of excuses is completely predictable?



Categories: gender & feminism, law & order, violence

8 replies

  1. ‘“Advantage was taken of a 16-year-old girl who had been hospitalised with psychiatric problems,” he said.’
    allow me to fix that passive voice for you:
    “‘A 46-year-old MAN took advantage of a 16-year-old girl who had been hospitalised with psychiatric problems.’”
    there ya go.
    i have to write a paper for school on a psychiatry topic of my choice . . . maybe i’ll choose “factitious rape excuse disorder.”
    ladoctorita’s last blog post..paging amy?s brain!

  2. Also,
    “Philopos denied touching the woman”
    should be
    “Philopos denied touching the girl
    Even when they are being semi-respectful towards the victim they are laying the groundwork for excuses.

  3. It needs to be repeated until people get it: hate is not a psychiatric disorder, rape culture is not a psychiatric disoder.
    At least this time the Judge had a clue, other judges [and media & health services in general] give way to much credibility to abusers appropriating mad rights language and fake pathology to deny their guilt.
    Considering the real co-relations between madness and abuse [triggering, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders etc.] these types of lies are such a toxic way to add insult to injury.

  4. Further on the topic of medical institutions failing women, and the real relations between psych conditions and rape culture is this SMH article about
    rape of women in psych wards

    Women admitted to psychiatric wards commonly suffer sexual and physical abuse at the hands of the male patients they are treated alongside, a new survey shows.
    A Victorian study presented at an international mental health conference in Melbourne shows more than 60 per cent of women questioned had been the victims of harassment or abuse by male patients.
    The disturbing findings were supported by a survey of mental health staff, with 70 per cent saying they were aware of harassment or abuse of female patients.

  5. ‘“Advantage was taken of a 16-year-old girl who had been hospitalised with psychiatric problems,” he said.’
    allow me to fix that passive voice for you:
    “‘A 46-year-old MAN took advantage of a 16-year-old girl who had been hospitalised with psychiatric problems.’”

    Heh, that’s what I was about to say, but you beat me to it. They love that passive voice, don’t they? Stuff just… happens.
    Helen’s last blog post..A silent, underground river of misogyny and racism

  6. Sorry about the italics tag.
    Helen’s last blog post..A silent, underground river of misogyny and racism

  7. ladoc: way to go on fixing that passive voice problem. Wonder if that should go into the ‘factitious rape excuse disorder.’ criteria?
    outfox: you’re exactly right. Mentally ill women and girls are at risk from other patients, from staff, and from visitors as well. They have no safe space.

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