Bolded emphasis mine:
Here, too, is a common narrative of the rape culture: If someone is a “good person,” he can’t possibly be a rapist. (And the corollary: If someone is a rapist, then he will show no evidence of being a “good person.”) Humans, even rapists, are complex entities. A rapist is capable of doing good things for some people, while doing grave harm to others. In Sandusky’s case, what appeared to be (and in some cases maybe actually was) good works was simultaneously the grooming of victims.
That should underscore the danger of narratives like, “He’d never do that; he’s such a nice guy.” I hope the sports writers who are rightfully taking Sandusky’s defense to task for this bullshit (but typical) line of defense remember that next time an adult woman brings charges against a professional sports hero who’s done charity work, instead of immediately accusing her of lying because “he’s a such a nice guy.” Rapists do charity work, too.
This slide by David Lisak illustrates how rape culture tropes work to camouflage rapists in the midst of facilitators and bystanders:
Cultural Aspects of Rape As Reported by Dr. David Lisak
Characteristics of Core Sex Offenders
- See “intimate” violence as normal
- Have deficits in empathy
- Believe in rape myths
- Hyper-masculine attitudes
- Angry at women & need to dominate
Facilitators perpetuate an environment that allows core sex offenders to assault
- Reinforce negative behavior
Bystanders have knowledge of incidents & dangerous environments, but fail to act
Core Sex Offenders can’t be rehabilitated by education or other forms of outreach; they must be isolated from their peers and the community.
Source: USAF Sexual Assault Prevention Program (Powerpoint)
In other news, the timing of particular actions is being noted:
Oddly enough, as Tropes vs Women and sexual assault enter the discussion, TVTropes removes pages like RapeAsBackstory. tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.…
— M.H. Williams (@AutomaticZen) June 18, 2012
Luckily, the Wayback Machine has our back:
— Viv Smythe (@vivsmythe) June 19, 2012
You can also pull the googlecache of the most recent version of the deleted TV Tropes RapeAsBackStory page here for future reference (make a copy before the googlecache is updated to show the current deletion message).