Today I read one of the most disgusting headlines I’ve seen in my life. I think this whole story speaks for itself, so here you have it.
Female teacher raped by government official, police say it’s not rape because he was wearing a condom
Recently, the topic “official implicated in the rape of a teacher” has been appearing on forums and has attracted a lot of attention. The person who made the post was the Huajuea City Middle School English teacher, 26-year-old Zhou Qin. She says that on May 17, 2011, the school principal ordered her to accompany 8 [government] leaders for drinks. After she was drunk, she was raped by the city rural land resources manager, Wang Zhonggui. What’s even more shocking is that according to what’s being said on the net, when Zhou Qin reported this to her local police station, the police said: “If he wore a condom, it’s not rape.”
Over the past two days, a reporter for the morning edition [presumably of the Southeastern News Net, where this was originally published] investigated.
The article is lengthy and, being at work at the moment, I don’t have the time to translate it in full. However, here are the main points that are made in the article, according to the reporter’s research.
That morning, the school had been holding a special government event, of which Zhou Qin was one of the hosts. After this, the teachers all retired to the government cafeteria to eat with the leaders. The teachers were all originally eating in a separate room, but the principal ordered Zhou specifically to go to the officials’ table and toast each of the eight men in succession, and she was also ordered to toast several other people including police officials who were also at the event.
Zhou Qin says that she was ordered to toast the officials repeatedly, around 15 or 16 times (generally speaking, each “toast” would be equivalent to around a shot of Baijiu, although there’s no mention of how big the glasses were.)
Zhou says that this actually happens regularly, the principal often orders her to drink with important guests during official functions.
A police official at the event said he did remember the principal yelling at Zhou Qin to drink with the officials, but that he could not recall precisely how much she had had to drink.
Because she was drunk, it seems Zhou Qin was put into a car with Wang Zhonggui, who she had never met before that day. She, or perhaps someone else [the article isn’t totally clear on this] asked that he take her home, as she was stumbling. But when she got to the car, she realized that she didn’t really know him, and that her home was less than 1km from the government cafeteria, and she began to refuse the ride. Wang insisted on offering a ride, and after a few more refusals, she took it, reasoning that as a teacher it would be best for her to drive, as if she walked some students might see her drunk.
But Wang drove her towards the Land Management offices, the opposite direction of her home. They picked up a coworker of hers on the way, and when they got there, Wang invited them to his office. Her coworker agreed, so Zhou followed.
In Wang’s office, there was a lower-level employee who Zhou knew personally, so she felt safe. But as soon as that person left, Wang locked the door, and began to molest Zhou. Zhou struggled, but was quite drunk and unable to put up much of a fight. She began to feel threatened, and said she had to go to the bathroom (Wang’s office has a private bathroom reserved for his use). Once there, she locked herself in.
But after she had been missing a while, Wang came pounding on the door. She stalled, saying she would be better soon, using the time to throw up several times and try to sober herself up. However, the booze got the better of her, and she passed out.
She awoke around 6 PM to find herself lying on Wang Zhonggui’s bed (his office also has a private bedroom, ostensibly for naps). She was alone, and completely nude. She vaguely recalled being dragged, and Wang squirting her mouth with something that seemed like water — later she would realize he must have climbed in through his bathroom’s window and unlocked the door from the inside
She realized that she had been raped and, hearing people downstairs but not wanting anyone to know about it, she quickly put on her clothes and climbed out the window for a quiet escape.
When she got home, she locked herself in her room and refused to speak or come out. Her mother recognized that this was very odd, and asked her what was wrong. After numerous attempts, Zhou finally told her “I was raped.”
Together, the two decided they should tell the police, and Zhou charged her boyfriend with going to the police station to report the crime.
The police investigated the Wang’s office-bedroom on the 19th, finding (among other things) a used condom. They told the reporter “This is proof that Wang Zhonggui and Zhou Qin had intercourse.”
However, the investigation remains unresolved, as the procuratorate maintains there is insufficient evidence, and have asked the police to provide evidence in addition to the used condom, other chemical evidence, and circumstantial evidence such as a broken window lock that matches Zhou’s story.
Zhou says that on the 18th, when she was first putting the story down formally at the police station, the person guiding her told her that “if he was wearing a condom, it’s not rape.” Zhou recalled that this person was none other than Zhong Xiancong, one of the men she had been ordered to toast the day of the rape.
Zhou says that Zhong also told her, “This is all something you did to yourself, and you don’t want to make it public now. Think of your reputation. I will keep it secret for you.” The reporter tracked Zhong down at the police station yesterday, and he said that he had told Zhou that there wasn’t much evidence of rape, and that additionally with a used condom rape would be very difficult to confirm. “That’s why I advised her to settle privately,” he said.
Many other people have also advised Zhou Qin to settle the case privately.
The reporter got Wang Zhonggui’s phone number from the police and has called him repeatedly for comment, but no one is answering his phone.
UPDATE: As one would expect, this and other news stories are drawing more attention to this case and many are discussing it on Weibo. To find relevant messages, try searching for terms like “毕节阿市” or “教师被强奸.”
UPDATE 2: This story seems to be accelerating fast on Weibo, where it’s now being RTed by dozens of people every minute.