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Last week, in England, two 21-year-old men were found guilty of raping an 11-year-old girl and were sentenced to just under 3 1/2 years for the crime. The judge thought that the crime was bad, but video footage (found on one of the defendant’s phones) showed that she may have enjoyed the rape and, besides, she totally looked 14.
Sentencing the pair, who claimed the young girl looked at least 14, Judge David Farrell QC reportedly told Luton Crown Court there were exceptional factors in the “abhorrent” case that led him to reduce the sentence.
“Despite her age it is accepted she was a willing participant, but the law is there to protect young girls from this type of behaviour and to protect them from themselves,” he said.
She was 11. She was tag-teamed by two 21 year old men. They videoed it. They kept it on their phones. But she didn’t look 11; she looked 14. So even though she still looked two years too young to legally be “a willing participant” and actually was five years too young to consent, she was still totally consenting. And since we all know that there is a legally appropriate way for a rape victim to respond to being raped while being raped, she wasn’t rape-raped (if you don’t fight, it’s because you loved it). How much responsibility can we really expect from horny 21 year olds when there are sexy 11 year olds around. What’s a guy gonna do?
Not that it’s not a crime to the judge, but not like real felony type of crime… more like serial shop lifting or having a bunch of weed in your nightstand.
What really infuriates me is that this judge was required to undergo special training to preside over rape cases, and was required to obtain a “rape ticket”. (I know I know, Daily Mail… but… still.)
How does this even happen? What the fuck? What kind of judicial rape training teaches judges that “she liked it” can be used when considering sentencing? Is 14 the new young hot and sexy? Is there any appropriate question I can ask besides requesting you post some fucking rage right here?
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Weird ass image courtesy United Way of Greater Milwaukee for a campaign that never ran… because they, at some point, realized that sexy kids weird people the fuck out.