When Rape is Not Rape

ChinaGeeks translates details of a story currently causing a storm on Sina Weibo, in which a teacher allegedly raped by a local official was blamed by police for the attack. Zhou Qin was told that she hadn’t been raped at all, as her assailant wore a condom.

Recently, the topic “official implicated in the rape of a teacher” has been appearing on forums and has attracted a lot of attention. The person who made the post was the Huajuea City Middle School English teacher, 26-year-old Zhou Qin. She says that on May 17, 2011, the school principal ordered her to accompany 8 [government] leaders for drinks. After she was drunk, she was raped by the city rural land resources manager, Wang Zhonggui. What’s even more shocking is that according to what’s being said on the net, when Zhou Qin reported this to her local police station, the police said: “If he wore a condom, it’s not rape.” […]

Zhou says that on the 18th, when she was first putting the story down formally at the police station, the person guiding her told her that “if he was wearing a condom, it’s not rape.” Zhou recalled that this person was none other than Zhong Xiancong, one of the men she had been ordered to toast the day of the rape.

Zhou says that Zhong also told her, “This is all something you did to yourself, and you don’t want to make it public now. Think of your reputation. I will keep it secret for you.” The reporter tracked Zhong down at the police station yesterday, and he said that he had told Zhou that there wasn’t much evidence of rape, and that additionally with a used condom rape would be very difficult to confirm. “That’s why I advised her to settle privately,” he said.


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