A Pennsylvania youth pastor and his legal defense are actually arguing that a case of rape isn’t really rape. I feel as though I’m hallucinating this but it’s literally how they are arguing it.
As RawStory reports:
The lawyer for a Pennsylvania youth pastor who has been charged with rape suggested this week that the underage victim may have been lying because she consented to sex on other occasions.
Hmmm really… so she may be lying. Ok. That could be the case with the exception that she is UNDERAGE and can’t consent in the first place, but ok… Let’s hear how she’s lying:
Before Easter, Jack was said to have taken [the] girl to his parents’ home, where he suggested that the two should have sex. But when he started kissing and touching her, she cried and refused to cooperate, the complaint said.
When she refused to have sex with Jack again, he allegedly held her on the floor and forcibly raped her.
Sounds like rape to me, but this is of course coming from the victim. They claim she “consented” six times after the initial
rape sexual encounter. So why would she do that you wonder:
She told investigators that she did not refuse Jack’s sexual advances after the first time because she looked up to him like a father and did not want to disappoint him.
That seems plausible and with the case of him being in such a power position it puts the plausibility in a very high bracket. The point I want to make though, is this:
“Look at the affidavit. She says that he raped her but then she had consensual sex with him six times after that,” he noted. “After practicing law for 23 years, I cannot rule out that anything is possible but that seems strange to me.”
At this point… What kind of fucking criminal attorney are you exactly? Power Assertive rape is pretty fucking common you asshole.
Even if she did actually consent and is lying about that first time, the guy is still facing statutory rape charges. The fact that the probability of her scenario is very high is definitely going to work against him but I feel that this is just a case of victim blaming at it’s finest.
( h/t RawStory)