The Daily Mail reports that the owner of a Russian hair salon, Olga Zajac, flipped the script in all kinds of ways on a man who tried to rob her.
Zajac, 28, was reportedly in her salon when Viktor Jasinski, 32, broke in with the intention, he later confessed to police, of burglarizing it. Little did he know, though, that Zajac happens to be a black belt in karate against whom he had no chance — she took him down in one fell swoop.
But rather than call be police at that juncture, she dragged him to the back room, chained him up, fed him Viagra, and had sex with him against his will — or, as we like to call it, raped him — for three days.
Zajac counters that the claims aren’t true, saying: “What a bastard. Yes, we had sex a couple of times. But I bought him new jeans, gave him food and even gave him 1,000 roubles when he left.”
So. There’s a lot to look at here, yes? First of all, there’s the lack of the use of the word rape in the Daily Mail’s retelling of the story, which instead says that Jasinski was “used as a sex slave.” I almost needn’t point out that if the genders had been reversed, this would most likely be called an alleged rape.
Second of all, I’m going to own up to this, and you can too, or you can call me an asshole. Whatever you want. I had the overwhelming desire, upon first read of this story, to call this woman a total badass. After all, she took down a robber…it’s just that then, she had sex with him against his will. So the story as a whole changes up the victim-perpetrator script on just about every level, good and bad.
I say that knowing, of course, that if she did what she was accused of doing, she’s not a badass at all but a rapist. That means that my initial feeling is the kind of feeling that, if left unchecked, leads to justice not being served, men not able to report violent crimes, and by extension, women not able to report violent crimes, or, not being held accountable when they are the perpetrator. In other words, it’s not the basis on which I hope this alleged crime is tried.
But there it was.
What’s your reaction to this story?