Thursday, February 19, 2009

This sounds an awful lot like, "He was asking for it."

Shoutout to Glenn Sacks on this one.

What we have here is a 41 year old music school teacher up on charges ranging from "16 offenses including sexual abuse of a minor, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses and showing obscene matter to a minor" for her alleged sexual relationship with an under aged male student. It seems to be the thing these days for female teachers to have sexual relationships with under aged (mostly) male students. But I have to say that this is the first time I've seen a defense like this.

The defense has filed a motion to dimissed on the following grounds:

...the victim, now 17 years old, is mature based on a number of factors including the fact that he has a 21-year-old girlfriend who he has had an ongoing sexual relationship with for more than two years.

So because he has an older girlfriend now means it was okay to statutorily rape him when he was still a minor.

...the victim, before he dropped out of school, publicly admitted to being voluntarily sexually active and using illegal drugs since he was 12 years old.

No comment on the "maturity" of dropping out of school but it would seem that his past illegal drug use meant it was okay to have sex with him before he was legally able to consent.

and finally...

...the victim has admitted to being a pornography addict.

An addiction to pornography is a greenlight to have sex with an under aged child.

Okay now I'm sure that anyone reading this has read of cases in which a man has been brought on charges for raping an under aged girl and he offered "explanations" along those same lines ("She's mature for her age", "She said she likes it rough.", "She seduced me!"). Those lines don't excuse their behavior and I sure as hell hope this woman does not get off with the line of BS she is calling a defense.

Male rape victims have been a marginalized group for a long time and its got to stop. No more of this "He was asking for it.", "He should be glad he was able to score a teacher.", "He's the male so he must have raped her.", or "He's the male so it must be his fault."

I know its hard for a lot of people to understand but first of all despite what the media and society says all males are not horn toads that think about sex all the time. And two even if that were so there are laws in place that (are at least) supposed to protect those who are not able to give consent.

And on a bit of a side note. Supposedly girls mature emotionally faster than boys do. If that is the case why is it assumed that under aged girls who have sex are victims but under aged boys who have sex are not victims? I suppose people that think that way believe that boys are behind girls in every standard of maturity except for sex.

1 comment:

Pelle Billing said...

Yeah, these kinds of cases represent a double standard, where men and women are treated very differently. In fact, there are a number of reasons why the sexes are treated differently in this kind of situation:

1. Women are cut a lot more slack when it comes to sexual offenses, while men are inherently regarded as predators
2. In any trial women can expect an acquittal or a shorter sentence than a man
3. When the defendant is a girl/woman, she's automatically seen as vulnerable and a victim, while a boy/man is more seen as responsible and "he had it coming".
4. Feminists have all but enforced that past sexual history shouldn't be admissible when the victim is a woman.

I'm gonna write about rape soon on my blog; it's such a huge topic and in dire need of some sane thinking.