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“Obviously, a 14-year-old can’t consent. I think that people have in mind that this was some violent, forcible, horrible rape. It was horrible enough as it is just given her age, but it wasn’t this forcible beat-up rape.”

Judge G. TODD BAUGH, defending his sentence of Stacey Rambold to 30 days in jail for raping a 14-year-old girl, who has since killed herself.  Judge Baugh, in handing down his decision, stated that the victim was “chronologically older” than her 14 years and that she was “as much in control of the situation” as the rapist was.

Jesus fucking Christ.

(via USA Today)

Morning News Read 28 August 2013

A House Republican drew a sharp response during debate on an abortion bill when he said that the number of pregnancies resulting from rape is very low.

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., later sought to clarify his remark, saying he intended to say that later-term abortions linked to pregnancies caused by rape are infrequent.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee, where Franks made his original comment, quickly compared it to the statement made by former Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., that women’s bodies can avoid pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.” Akin’s 2012 campaign for a Senate seat in Missouri foundered after the comment.

Franks’ original comment Wednesday was: “The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”

The New York Daily News, "Republican Congressman Clairifies Comments on Pregnancy from Rape."

No need to clarify if all you were saying was what you truly believe, asshole.

Let me be clear: I don’t believe that previously non-raping audience members are going to take to the streets in a rape mob after hearing one rape joke. That’s an absurd and insulting mischaracterization. But I do believe that comedy’s current permissiveness around cavalier, cruel, victim-targeting rape jokes contributes to (that’s contributes—not causes) a culture of young men who don’t understand what it means to take this stuff seriously.

And how did they try and prove me wrong? How did they try to demonstrate that comedy, in general, doesn’t have issues with women? By threatening to rape and kill me, telling me I’m just bitter because I’m too fat to get raped, and suggesting that the debate would have been better if it had just been Jim raping me.

This isn’t just coming from anonymous trolls. Local comics — whom I know and work with — have told me to shut the fuck up. One hopes I’ll fall down a flight of stairs. (He later apologized—to my boyfriend, not me.)

LINDY WEST, writing on Jezebel, "If Comedy Has No Lady Problem, Then Why Am I Getting So Many Rape Threats?"

Two Torrington (Connecticut) High School football players stand accused of sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. Four others were suspended in a hazing scandal last fall that is still under investigation. One player, the team’s second-highest scorer last fall, was allowed to play even though the team’s coach knew he had been charged with felony robbery and assault.

School officials claim that the sexual assault charges against 18-year-olds Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio, the hazing and other incidents are isolated problems and don’t signal a deeper issue with the culture of Torrington High School, its athletic programs or football team.

Athletic Director Mike McKenna said, “If you think there’s some wild band of athletes that are wandering around then I think you’re mistaken.”

“If you look at crime statistics these things happen everywhere and we’re not any different than any other community,” said McKenna.

But on social media in recent weeks, dozens of athletes and Torrington High School students, male and female, have taunted the 13-year-old victim, calling her a “whore,” criticizing her for “snitching” and “ruining the lives” of the 18-year-old football players, and bullying students who defend her.

The Register Citizen (Litchfield County, CT), "Victim Bullied After Rape Allegations Against Torrington Football Players."

Christ almighty.  That athletic director — and the school administration allowing this dumbass to keep his job — needs to get his macho head out of his dickhole.

Did anyone happen to catch AC 360 on CNN tonight?

  • Because I’m realizing that last night, Anderson brought back Poppy Harlow — she of the sympathetic-to-convicted-rapists live shot — to throw to a soundbite from the victim’s family, and Anderson seemed to go a little overboard in saying that, of course, when a terrible crime like this happens, CNN (or at least his show) is always about telling the story from the victim's standpoint, not the criminals'.
  • I’m wondering if, tonight, Anderson addressed the firestorm around Poppy Harlow’s journalistic fail, though.  He’s so keen on social media — and, apparently, justice — that I’d think there was no way for him to avoid addressing it.

“I’ve never experienced anything like it, Candy. It was incredibly emotional, incredibly difficult even for an outsider like me to watch what happened as these two young men that had such promising futures — star football players, very good students — we literally watched as, they believe, their life fell apart.”

CNN reporter POPPY HARLOW, from outside the courtroom after sentences were handed down to rapists Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond.

"Journalism."  For shame, CNN.

(via The New York Daily News)