No. Rape isn’t sex.
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A 27-year-old man who had a year-long sexual relationship
No, no he didn’t.
with a 12-year-old neighbour has been jailed for three years.
No. He’s been jailed for ten months. Not even as long as he was raping the girl for. She was systematically tortured for a year of her childhood. He has had a slap with a damp noodle, a shitload of sympathy, protection of his anonymity, and a few months in jail.
The man was living with his father and stepmother when he began “grooming” the girl.
No parties to the matter, including the judge, can be named for legal reasons.
No? Why not? How is it in the public interest for this man to be loose in the community in ten months’ time, incognito?
The prosecutor told Melbourne County Court that the man wooed his teenage neighbour
No. She was twelve, not yet a teenager. [Hat tip to eeminy for picking this up.]
with flattery. “The prisoner would tell the complainant how gorgeous she was, he would say she looked like Drew Barrymore,” he said.
He told the court the pair would go on walks and to the movies together and that the man gave her a mobile phone. “This was part of his grooming (of her) providing her with a clandestine means of communication,” the prosecutor said.
The court heard the man told the girl he loved her. They discussed waiting to have sex until she was 16 so it would be legal, but a few weeks later he sent her a text message that said: “F— it, we should have sex, we should not have to wait because we are in love.”
The pair had sex regularly between July 2001 and July 2002.
No. No, they didn’t.
Counsel for the man said his client suffered depression and was living in a fantasy world at the time.
No. Say after me: Depression does not cause rape. Depression does not cause paedophilia. Depression does not cause one year of ongoing rapes of a twelve year old child.
His psychologist told the court a symptom of his depression had been a fantasy of a stable and loving relationship that would lead to marriage and children.
And we should care about his fucked-up child-rape fantasies why?
How is “I really reeeeally wanted to get laid, so I groomed and repeatedly raped a 12 year old” a “defence”? How?
Today, the judge said he accepted the defence’s submissions and agreed that the man’s sentence be reduced, because of his mental state and the significant delay between charges being laid and his case coming before the court.
“You lived in a fantasy world and were not able to think rationally or act accordingly,” the judge said.
No. Where is the evidence that he was floridly, completely, unthinkably out of touch with reality for twelve months straight? No. People that psychotic do not function in the community. Rape is not a mental illness.
“You are not a predator or pedophile and are not likely to re-offend in the future.”
Why is the judge not named? Why?
But he said the charges were very serious and demanded a term of imprisonment.
“The offending involved some level of grooming and planning,” he said.
“But just a little bit. Not really worth worrying about.” No.
“The complainant was young vulnerable and the court has to take into account that these types of offences were introduced to protect the young persons who are susceptible to these types of approaches.”
He said the victim felt she had been robbed of her childhood because of the relationship.
The man pleaded guilty to four representative counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16 and was sentenced to 36 months jail with 26 months suspended.
How did you get “jailed for three years” out of that, Sarah-Jane Collins?
This is monumentally fucked up.
Bluemilk glommed onto this too, and nailed it:
You know you’re a second-class citizen in a patriarchy when your 12 year old female self’s pain and anguish can have medicinal value for some 27 year old man’s depression.’
Thanks Judge X for the enlightenment on male depression – apparently you can be so depressed you lose the power of reason, so depressed you don’t recognise right from wrong, so depressed you are helpless to your vile urges.. and yet somehow retain the intellectual cunning to secretly buy a mobile phone for a child so you can send her illicit text messages of emotional manipulation like “Fuck it, we should have sex, we should not have to wait because we are in love”‘
‘And this article is a perfect example of why there is a problem with using the word ‘sex’ instead of ‘rape’ when you’re talking about an act between an adult and a child. Because it will have you thinking that an adult having “sex” with a 12 year old child is somehow not paedophilia, as the judge ably demonstrates for us – “You are not a predator or pedophile and are not likely to reoffend in the future.”‘
More at The Curvature.