After the recent death of a 23-year-old gang-rape victim, protesters have been calling for the death penalty for rapists and increased safety laws for women. Upon reading about the severity of the attack and the enraged public outcry, I began to wonder if there were any cases where rape victims took the law into their own hands.
It turns out that there are quite a few cases; I’ve compiled a list of ten of them. There is no real rank here – I’m not sure exactly how one ranks acts of revenge, especially when those acts are so personal and controversial.
10. Jackie Clarke
On February 16th, 2005, Jackie Clarke invited a man to her home, where she proceeded to give him drug-laced coffee and had her 19-year-old son tie him up, so she could proceed to hit the man in the legs with a baseball bat all the while screaming that she was doing so because he raped her. She then told him she was going to tattoo the word ‘rapist’ on his penis, and when I assume he expressed negativity towards this idea, she did it anyway with a pin and a bottle of ink—prison style. Clarke was later prosecuted, and denied having any recollection of tattooing the man’s penis, but she later said, “If I did it, I did it.” Whatever that means.