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Back on page three of this thread there was an interesrlting conversation about whether a forced bond(like alanna) was at the level of an actual physical rape. (I still dont thibk it is)
Actually, it may be worse. A rape is very bad, but, apart from the memory*, once its done it is over. A forced bonding goes on and on and on.
With a rape, there is at least a possibility of killing the rapist and thereby getting out of it. With a forced bonding, killing the perpetrator is suicide.
With a rape, the official view is that the rapist was wrong and the rapee a victim. With a forced bonding, the authorities (the WT at least) is on the side of perp and against the victim.

* And possible physical side effects, which, for the sake of simplicity, I'll assume to be zero here.
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Actually, it may be worse. A rape is very bad, but, apart from the memory*, once its done it is over. A forced bonding goes on and on and on.
With a rape, there is at least a possibility of killing the rapist and thereby getting out of it. With a forced bonding, killing the perpetrator is suicide.
With a rape, the official view is that the rapist was wrong and the rapee a victim. With a forced bonding, the authorities (the WT at least) is on the side of perp and against the victim.

* And possible physical side effects, which, for the sake of simplicity, I'll assume to be zero here.

That assumes you see killing the rapist is revenge. A lot of people would condider that damages the person doing the killing even more.

And the WT might not be on the aide of the perp. We havent seen anyone go and complain...
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Killing the rapist during the rape will at the very least stop it. Or prevent a second rape. Or help someone else from falling victim to the same.

We have seen a whole bunch of AS who knew about it, and not a single one of them said that it was against Tower law. Not one of them seemed to think that what Alanna had done was a crime. Many thought it was against custom, but that's not enough for the WT to publicly support a man against an AS, is it?
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Killing the rapist during the rape will at the very least stop it. Or prevent a second rape. Or help someone else from falling victim to the same.
For sure, but if there's PTSD associated with the rape (as it often is), confronting and killing the rapist isn't particularly likely to help that.

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We have seen a whole bunch of AS who knew about it, and not a single one of them said that it was against Tower law. Not one of them seemed to think that what Alanna had done was a crime. Many thought it was against custom, but that's not enough for the WT to publicly support a man against an AS, is it?
True, but on the other hand, when Siuan and Egwene were blackmailing Myrelle, they seemed pretty certain the Hall would punish them severely. Not as much as a rapist truly deserves, but neither was there any implication that the Tower would be "on their side".
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True, but on the other hand, when Siuan and Egwene were blackmailing Myrelle, they seemed pretty certain the Hall would punish them severely. Not as much as a rapist truly deserves, but neither was there any implication that the Tower would be "on their side".
Was there any implication that Lan would be released from his Warder bond?
I don't think so. Which means that the rape victim does stay property of the rapist. For a historical example, see Deuteronomy|22:28-29.
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This is somewhat topical, albeit real world, and with the victim a woman, but these circumstances aren't all that dissimilar to Mat's:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39392147

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The alleged victim, who worked in hospitals in Turin, said the defendant had forced her into sexual acts and threatened to stop providing her with work if she did not comply, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported (in Italian).
Asked why she had not reacted to the alleged assault more strongly, she told the court: "Sometimes saying no is enough but maybe I did not use the force and violence that in reality I should have used, but that is because with people who are too strong, I just freeze."
Apparently like Elayne, the judge wasn't particularly sympathetic.

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The court in Turin ruled last month that the woman saying "enough" to her colleague who allegedly attacked her was not a strong enough reaction to prove she had been sexually assaulted.
The alleged victim is now facing charges for slander, reports said.
The reaction from courts isn't usually so egregiously unjust as that of this one in Turin, but this is illustrative of why so few rapes are reported.
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To be fair to the Turin court: courts in Italy seem to be very prone to victim blaming. A couple of years ago, a judge decided that another case couldn't have been rape, because it would have been impossible to get the woman's skinny jeans down her legs if she hadn't voluntarily cooperated. And of course, it's not only rape cases where Italian courts are nuts. You may remember that infamous earthquake prediction trial of a decade or so ago too.
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Was there any implication that Lan would be released from his Warder bond?
I don't think so. Which means that the rape victim does stay property of the rapist. For a historical example, see Deuteronomy|22:28-29.
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“Mother .*.*.” That was almost a gasp. “.*.*. I was explaining possible penalties.” She drew a long breath, and went on more definitely. “The Hall will have to invent them as they go, of course, but I think they might well start with making these two pass their Warders to others, since they seem so fond of it.”

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“It is very simple,” she said in a firm voice. “Without my protection, you will very likely lose your Warders, and almost certainly wish you’d been skinned alive by the time the Hall finishes with you. Your own Ajahs may have a few choice words for you, as well. It may be years before you can hold your heads up again, years before you don’t have sisters looking over your shoulder every minute.”
Now, Siuan said they'd have to pass their bonds, which seems entirely to miss the point. Egwene merely said they'd lose their Warders, which seems more sensible and to the point. I took it to mean Myrelle would lose Lan as well, not just her other Warders.

That said, given that Lan would almost certainly want to kill himself minus the bond, I have no idea how the Hall would have dealt with him. Asked Nynaeve to bond him if he was willing, but what if he said no to that?
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