in the spirit of sisterhood, i submit that our feminists could be right, deniece could be telling the truth. the conventional wisdom, after all, is that no woman would cry rape or attempted rape unless it were true, just because it gets hellish and horrible, like leaping from the frying pan into the fire. the merciless exposure. the bashing and name-calling. one’s morality, rather than the perpetrator’s, questioned. woman’s sexuality debated and exploited and debased.
the problem is, this is no straightforward rape-attempt story. this one is complicated by the brutal beating of the alleged perpetrator by the girl’s friends who allegedly caught vhong with his pants down. vhong denies this and it’s hard not to believe him after seeing the cctv footages. not too long after vhong arrived, deniece left the unit, looking perfectly fine and composed, and it was soon after that lee arrived (followed by his friends) and the beating commenced.
but okay, let’s give her the benefit of the doubt. let’s say it’s possible that vhong was so horny he dropped his pants right away and tried to get into hers, and she fought back, maybe landed a kick in the groin, and she broke away, fixed herself, and walked calmly to the elevator, in that one-minute (maybe less?) timespan. medyo mahirap paniwalaan, medyo maliit yung window for benefit of the doubt. lalo na’t merong bugbugan blues, and you wonder if she was a willing accessory to the beating and alleged extortion.
but, yes, i suppose there is merit in suspending disbelief, not so much for the sake of deniece, but for the sake of the next rape victim who dares cry rape.