Regarding “Judge nixes Kesha’s hate-crime case” [News, April 7], the judge is quoted as saying, “Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime.”

Any act of violence that is not done to defend oneself is an act of hate. It becomes a hate crime when the act is directed almost exclusively at one segment of the population, in this case females.

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Rape has long been thought of by too many men and women as something one asks for. The victim-blaming involved in sexual assault and rape includes advice and beliefs such as, “I wouldn’t walk down that street,” “I don’t dress like her” and “She deserved it.” In reality, this attitude is a means of remaining in denial that at any moment, rape could happen to you.

Donna Trainor, Melville