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Sunday, May 09, 2004

Most egregious instance of victim-blaming chutzpah ever

I'm sorry I somehow seem to keep posting about rape in one way or another. I promise I'll post something about poetry again soon. But I just keep reading these unbelievably awful stories and can't not broadcast them.

This one (via Daily Rotten) really takes the cake--and blasts it into stratospheric dust with a home-made 500-pound fertilizer bomb. Three Orange County teenagers, one the son of the local sheriff, are charged with gang-raping a completely unconscious (prob. GHB drugged) girl, "Jane Doe." The evidence? They videotaped the whole thing!

The description of the video is beyond horrifying. The person who discovered it and called the police thought the three were having sex with a corpse. Here's a taste of the final sequence (don't read it if rape-descriptions get to you):

The last section of the video shows Haidl and Nachreiner penetrating Doe’s vagina with the large end of a regulation-sized pool stick. They shove it in repeatedly, dance, laugh and mug for the camera. Haidl slaps her stomach three times in rhythm with the blaring hip-hop music. One defendant asks—out of curiosity or perhaps as a challenge--how deeply they can force the pool stick. Spann and Haidl put their hands on Doe’s lower abdomen to see whether they can feel the penetrated stick. Nachreiner jams the pool stick into her vagina until Haidl holds Doe’s butt cheeks apart so Nachreiner can insert the stick into her anus. During penetration, Haidl slaps her butt hard. Doe lies seemingly lifeless. The boys toss Doe on her stomach. They use the pool stick on her vagina, anus and then on her vagina again. Doe does not so much as flinch, but begins peeing on herself; a puddle spreads on the pool table. There is laughter and giggling. Someone says, "Fuck, yeah!"

Sorry. I just really felt I needed to give some sense of the enormity of the crime to put into context the astonishing viciousness of the defense's position. These are the opening paragraphs of the news story describing the trial:

At the May 3 start of the Orange County trial of three teenage boys accused of gang-raping an unconscious minor, a defense attorney made a startling assertion: the alleged victim enticed the "sweet," "caring," "kind" defendants into a sexual frenzy and then, while faking unconsciousness, sexually assaulted them. At one point, the attorney, an incredulous Joseph G. Cavallo, blurted out to the jury, "Why isn’t she being charged with this crime?"

"She knew how to use her body. She knew how to use sex," said Cavallo, one of at least nine defense lawyers (not including the publicist, a jury consultant and an army of private investigators) representing Gregory Scott Haidl, 18; Kyle Joseph Nachreiner, 19; and Keith James Spann, 19. They’ve pleaded not guilty to 24 felony counts for the July 2002 Newport Beach incident. Referring to a video they made of the incident, Cavallo said, "The boys had every reason to believe she consented: she orchestrated it."

Here's the rest of the article.
It is a sad day for people living in Orange Co., CA. The citizens have made it clear that they will simply not prosecute a rapist as long as the victim once consented to having sex to him. He can rape you at will in any way he choses, drug you, and even tape the rape of underage a girl to their hearts content. If you consent once, you consent to doing anything for all time. Your body and video images of your body become the permanent property of the rapist.

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