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Unspeakable Subject and Decontextualized Consent: Taiwanese Legal Understanding of Rape
Unformatted Document Text:  January 1992 to June 1993. It revealed the relationship between the women’s image and sentencing in the rape case. She found the confrontation of legal discourse: Men/ women, guilty/ innocent. The sentencing in rape cases overly simplified women’s image, with the following four types of victims, the offender’s sentence will be in higher degree: women who are lured, women who are injured, women who are weak, and women who are well-educated (p. 214). Without any reasonable suspicion, the victim imagined by the judicial officers is a negative thing for a female victim. They will imagine a victim who is frightened, was beaten and has scars, who will shake after seeing the offender, not to mention talking about reconciliation. What they want is a victim who is far distant from reality; a kind of “pedestal myth” victim image. In many cases, the victim will furiously accuse the lawyer of not telling her what to say and what not to say. This kind of blame refers to the lawyer not telling her how to portray herself as the “Ideal victim”. The further question is, if the story told by the victim is too similar to the “Ideal victim”, she may be suspected as “making up a story”, or to allow her to be like an “Ideal victim”, the description of using the plaintiff as a witness may be partly fabricated, and once these parts are found, it will be the so-called “inconsistencies”. Rape crime trials have always been processed in the shadow of the “Ideal victim”, with this meaning, any accusation of a victim may meet or break the existing value system, which is one kind of help or can be a kind of undercover. 3. “Every man makes mistakes” as romance In “II” part, we already talked about that there might be inconsistent or unreasonable parts when a female victim is describing the story. We already said that these inconsistencies and unreasonable parts are obviously related to the gender culture impact. From our observation, inconsistent or unreasonable descriptions make the descriptions of the plaintiff/ witness become unreal in the rape trial. Actually, there is a more important reason; we call this reason the vague and ambiguousness of “rape/romance” in the legal discourse. The vague and ambiguousness of “rape/romance” creates a great impact for the judgment of whether it “violates the will” in the investigation procedure and becomes a significant reason for legal judgment, which also allows the victim’s testimony to not be creditable (Philandelphoff-Puren, 2005; Pearce & Stacey, 24

Authors: Wang, Hsiaotan.
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January 1992 to June 1993. It revealed the relationship between the women’s 
image and sentencing in the rape case. She found the confrontation of legal 
discourse: Men/ women, guilty/ innocent. The sentencing in rape cases overly 
simplified women’s image, with the following four types of victims, the offender’s 
sentence will be in higher degree: women who are lured, women who are injured, 
women who are weak, and women who are well-educated (p. 214).
Without any reasonable suspicion, the victim imagined by the judicial officers 
is a negative thing for a female victim. They will imagine a victim who is 
frightened, was beaten and has scars, who will shake after seeing the offender, not 
to mention talking about reconciliation. What they want is a victim who is far 
distant from reality; a kind of “pedestal myth” victim image. In many cases, the 
victim will furiously accuse the lawyer of not telling her what to say and what not 
to say. This kind of blame refers to the lawyer not telling her how to portray 
herself as the “Ideal victim”. The further question is, if the story told by the victim 
is too similar to the “Ideal victim”, she may be suspected as “making up a story”, 
or to allow her to be like an “Ideal victim”, the description of using the plaintiff as 
a witness may be partly fabricated, and once these parts are found, it will be the 
so-called “inconsistencies”. 
Rape crime trials have always been processed in the shadow of the “Ideal 
victim”, with this meaning, any accusation of a victim may meet or break the 
existing value system, which is one kind of help or can be a kind of undercover.
3. “Every man makes mistakes” as romance
In “II” part, we already talked about that there might be inconsistent or 
unreasonable parts when a female victim is describing the story. We already said 
that these inconsistencies and unreasonable parts are obviously related to the 
gender culture impact. From our observation, inconsistent or unreasonable 
descriptions make the descriptions of the plaintiff/ witness become unreal in the 
rape trial. Actually, there is a more important reason; we call this reason the vague 
and ambiguousness of “rape/romance” in the legal discourse.
 The vague and ambiguousness of “rape/romance” creates a great impact for 
the judgment of whether it “violates the will” in the investigation procedure and 
becomes a significant reason for legal judgment, which also allows the victim’s 
testimony to not be creditable (Philandelphoff-Puren, 2005; Pearce & Stacey, 

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