Following is a letter I just sent to the Swedish Ambassador in Canberra recommending an award for the two Swedish students who intervened to assist the victim and detain the assailant in the Stanford University rape case. You may want to write a similar letter to the Swedish ambassador in your country. I believe that honouring these two individuals may be both therapeutic for the victim and a "wake-up call" for those who seek to somehow "justify" the actions of the rapist.
of Sweden to Australia
of Sweden, Canberra
I write to you asking you to recommend to
the King and Prime Minister that an appropriate civilian award for meritorious
conduct be presented by Sweden to two young Swedish citizens who displayed admirable
qualities when they recently witnessed a violent crime being committed.
Peter Jonsson and Karl-Frederik Arndt were
graduate students at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA. One evening, they were cycling to a party
when they noticed a violent assault being committed.
When they were closer, they saw that an
unconscious woman was being raped. They quickly
took charge of the situation, caring for the injured woman until medical
assistance could arrive and detaining the rapist until the police arrived.
Without their involvement, the woman could
Without their involvement, the criminal could
have raped another victim at another time, possibly fatally.
These young men demonstrated the admirable
qualities of compassion, humanity, and moral courage which I have always
associated with Sweden. I believe that
it is altogether fitting that the nation that gave the world Raoul Wallenberg
and Dag Hammarskjold should give a public honour to its exemplary citizens
Peter Jonsson and Karl-Frederik Arndt.
Rev. Dr. Robert J. Faser
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia