I’m not one for puffing up stories for sensational news, but here are some facts to get you going:
- A woman in her 20s dreams a dream in New York. The dream is outrageous: her father had raped her. She wakes up and quickly jots it down and recalls other times this had happened.
- Years later, she comes to Israel and presses charges.
- She has no evidence except the dream and her “repressed” memories.
- The court proceedings are long, and eventually the father after appeals gets convicted at the age of 75.
- She has no concrete event, not even one in the 10 years of alleged rape, other than a claim she was raped while her mother was in the bed. The mother does not recall such an incident.
- Her sister claims she is a highly manipulative person and backs the father up. She says that her sister is capable of being very convincing and manipulative when she wants to be.
- Her past therapists (she has previous mental problems) claim she had never exhibited signs of post trauma or repression of any kind.
The court believes her on the basis of the dream alone.
Most of the story is about how horrible it is. I shortened it above for you with only the important facts, but the rest you can read here (a Google translate link): https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.haaretz.co.il%2Fnews%2Flaw%2F1.2429905
And the original story in Hebrew:
Haaretz is a left-wing-leaning news source and the second biggest newspaper after Yedioth ahronoth (Ynet).
Let it be said that even if this man is somehow guilty, or may be a bad person in other ways, the precedent set here is deeply disturbing.