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Rape is the only crime on the books for which arguing that the temptation to commit it was too clear and obvious to resist is treated as a defence. For every other crime, we call that a confession.

I’ve gotten more angry asks about this post than I have actual reblogs.

The gay/trans panic defences work like this. Remember Gwen Araujo? Just by not disclosing her trans status she “provoked the violent response to what Thorman represented as a sexual violation ‘so deep it’s almost primal’.” The prosecution couldn’t get any first degree murder charges to stick.