Mar 9, 2014
Defense Attorney Blames Child Victim for Being Gang Raped
Posted on Nov 28, 2012
In a truly shameful and terrible act of victim blaming, a lawyer for one of the adult males charged in the gang rape of an 11-year-old Cleveland, Texas, girl likened the child survivor to a spider that lures victims into its web. That’s correct. The defense attorney’s argument is that his client and nearly two dozen other males were seduced by a child.
The whole case was disturbing to begin with, but the sickening argument takes it to another level of awful. According to Jezebel:
But there’s still a major problem with Taylor’s “soul-suckingly disheartening story”: Even if the girl said “yes,” as Chad Langdon, a former Cleveland Police Department sergeant and the lead investigator in the case, pointed out, 11-year-olds cannot legally consent to have sex.
Here’s the exchange between Taylor and Langdon in court in which Taylor uses the “spider” metaphor:
Cruse is already behind bars, serving an eight-year sentence after being convicted on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He’s the second of the 20 males to be tried in the girl’s sexual assault.
“Seven juveniles have received probation and six adults got 15 years in the slammer after pleading guilty in exchange for plea deals,” Jezebel’s Katie J.M. Baker writes. “Is there anyone in the area who wasn’t involved in assaulting this girl, I mean, anyone who wasn’t lured in to her whorish web?”
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