Shaky reading – Dagbladet

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The verdict against Gaute Drevdal is crushing. The former Night & Day and Smug editor, concert organizer, festival staff member, DJ, musician, producer and nightlife king is a well-known name and face for anyone who has been close to the capital’s nightlife for the past 25 years. Drevdal has organized the hippest parties, gathered the coolest people and highlighted some of the smartest young cultural workers – several of whom have also gone on to this newspaper. Very many know him as a nice guy.

Now Drevdal in Oslo District Court has been sentenced to 13 and a half years in prison, for nine rapes and one case of sexual intercourse with a child under the sexual age. He appealed on the spot and confessed to the charges. The verdict is thus not enforceable.

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In social media Many respond to Drevdals being interviewed after the verdict. Until the verdict fell, he was anonymized as a “cultural personality” – but on Friday, names and pictures were published in all media. Then it is fair and reasonable that he also gets to speak for himself. Many react with disgust to Drevdal’s disagreement with the verdict, disputing how he was portrayed, and claiming he has not seen the “spirit of the time” coming.

Of course, a grown man should know the facts of the sentence emphatically: A sleeping woman cannot consent, to abuse her is an abuse. When an adult man has sex with a child, it is an abuse. Giving young ladies and giving them drugs can put them in a position where they are unable to resist abuse. An authority person can be extremely difficult both to say no at the moment and to confront later. Being drunk, drugged and tired is no excuse for committing abuse. When abuses are committed by someone you know, like and look up to, they are extremely difficult to handle.

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Each of these elements and their sum can make it difficult to recognize what has happened. When more victims go to the police, it makes it easier to do for others. There is no conspiracy, but smart because it increases the chance of the abuser being stopped. At all these points, the verdict is crystal clear, punishing and fierce.

The verdict is appalling reading. It goes into detail on each situation, the reader is taken into cross-border nachspiel where the intoxication causes many to quench, some try to jump out of the window and where Drevdal’s bed has often been filled with girls who could have been his daughters. Several times, according to the judgment, abuse has occurred while others have been in the same bed. The verdict reproduces the young women’s stories of ambivalence, of displacement and of bad conscience. Some say they still look at Drevdal as a friend, one of them says she feels she has betrayed him. When the first reviews came, the reactions were strong.

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Gaute Drevdal turned to his friends, two of whom he is now convicted of, and asked them, “Have I ever done anything to you?” and “Do you feel that it was just me and not you?”. He asked for a meeting with a girlfriend, to talk about what she accused him of and one of the now complained about him. “I trust you and XX, and if I’ve done something wrong, I’ll try to make up for it.”

These messages Makes me think that Drevdal might be speaking the truth when he says he doesn’t understand that he has committed any criminal act. Some victims have ended up reporting – after Drevdal gave their names to the police, hoping they would support him. He tells both Dagbladet, NRK and VG that he believes what the verdict says is based on morals. Maybe it is possible to commit nine rapes without understanding what one is doing.

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Criminal law does not matter. Drevdal was a grown man and confidant, and there is no doubt that he should at least understand what it was the verdict says he did. There is something incredibly poor about a man who has to ask his girlfriends if he has done something wrong to them – when the answer is yes, you have actually raped me.

Taking off a drunken and sleeping woman panty and sticking parts of your body into her abdomen is not a gray zone. It’s a rape. And that’s how most rapes happen. Rape people are rarely strangers in dark streets, but otherwise nice people who, at nachspiel, offend their friends. If Drevdal has done what the Oslo District Court thinks he has done, he is in many ways a typical rapist.

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The verdict is historical because it is so clear that even full ladies who turn off nachspiel can be victims. It is liberating that the Oslo District Court states so emphatically that one can take drugs, live cross-border with a lot of sex and many partners, and that in any case one should be allowed to sleep out the drug in peace without being raped.

Victims may continue to stay in contact with the perpetrator afterwards, in some cases also with voluntary sex afterwards. It is strong to read the court’s recognition of such complicated matters. Especially for those of us who have read many judges’ reassessment of rape victims because of clothing, alcohol devices and behavior.

For Drevdal himself, the verdict is obviously a shock. If it was the time spirit that struck him, it was obviously time. It will be exciting to see if it is also considered this way in Borgarting Court of Appeal.

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