There’s been some chatter about “a haven for rapists” lately. Even a demand that I say something about the topic. So here goes.
My first thoughts on “haven for rapists” is that, in order to know whether something is a haven or not, I would first have to know what such a haven looked like. So what is a haven? According to the several dictionaries I consulted on the matter, a haven is a place of safety.
In the current context, that’s probably worth emphasizing. A haven isn’t a gathering place or a hangout. It’s a place of refuge, originally a port, but now any shelter. It remains a haven whether it’s used or not.
This raises the question of what endangers rapists.* What would they, in particular, need to be safe from? [Read more…]