The Cost Of My Sexual Assault

Frightening shades of Bentham’s Utilitarianism (which by the way has been used to calculate letting people die versus the cost of saving lives — see: 1968 Ford Pinto case).

When we talk about putting a price tag on justice, there is an often unwitting implication that it can be bought and sold. It also invites criticism of what you deem as necessary costs (I have an expensive hobby too. Is yours really a result of the rape?)

If the aftermath hadn’t cost you any money would that have made it OK? Of course not. So why diminish what was done to you with something so mundane as a balance sheet?

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