I’ve just put up a post over at Sack Kyle & Jackie O that addresses some of the questions being asked about whether the whole scandal still matters now that “Rachel” asked police last week to not investigate further and now the claims by family members on last night’s A Current Affair that she wasn’t raped, that the sex was “consensual”. A 12 year old, passed out drunk while at a party she’d lied about going to, had consensual sex with a (not much) older boy with other people in the room, according to them. So why didn’t any of those other people stop it?
The post there is targeted towards an audience that doesn’t know as much about rape myths and victim blaming as we’ve discussed here in the past, so I haven’t fully addressed the myth that unless it was a violent assault it wasn’t “really” rape, but I was very clear on this so-called “drunken misunderstanding” trope (and included the graphic there as well).
having someone either deliberately get someone drunk for the purposes of having sex, or opportunistically “taking advantage” of someone who is too drunk to either consent or resist, is not just a regrettable drunken misunderstanding, it’s an illegal physical assault
This is all a sideshow from the disturbing lack of ethics displayed by K&J in using a minor for the lie detector segment in the first place with full knowledge that the questions were going to include matters of sexual activity that were inherently going to be about unlawful sexual intercourse due to “Rachel’s” age. But it’s a sad indictment on our rape culture, that a mother and aunties can look at a 12 year old member of their family who’s been sexually assaulted and not have one word of blame towards the boy who assaulted her.