Apparently, Mitch Albom–the author of Tuesdays with Morrie—is a bit suspicious that a rape survivor would accept settlement money. To him, it’s a bit telling that this woman would take any money for this and hey, if she gave it to charity then it might be okay.
You have got to be fucking kidding me.
The woman in question is Erica Kinsman, whose rape investigation was horribly mishandled because her rapist just so happened to be a huge football star and FSU is in a football town. Nothing was done for months. When the investigators finally bowed to pressure and actually started doing something, Kinsman and her family were threatened. Even worse? Her rapist, Jameis Winston was never prosecuted, won a Heisman trophy and became the number one draft pick in the NFL.
So much for the idea that “rape allegations ruin lives”. Winston seems to be perfectly damned fine.
Since criminal charges would never be filed, Kinsman was left with only one option: she sued. And she won, which meant that FSU is now, in a minuscule way, being held responsible for their inaction. This was never done to get rich. This was done to actually hold someone accountable for what had happened to her. It was a meager search for justice that was thankfully successful.
But to Mitch Albom, the fact that she took the money is suspicious. I can not even begin to express my disgust about this.
This is why so many of the women who were raped by Bill Cosby didn’t come forward. This is why so many women refuse to report being raped. But if one of those women sues and possibly wins a pittance, it’s best if she gave the money to charity because if she doesn’t, she’s just a damned gold digger.
I have an autographed copy of Tuesdays with Morrie buried in a box somewhere. It’s going to stay there for a very long time; if I come across it I’ll be fighting the urge to burn it–and I detest the idea of burning books.