Here is something awful. Defense attorneys hired by the government are trying to convince a judge that a 14-year-old inmate currently being held in juvenile hall in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana was complicit in her own series of rapes at the hands of an adult guard because she is a slutty, slutty child who does not deserve to be protected from abuse. Like I said: awful.
This happened in a detention center that was already in trouble for improper behavior towards its young inmates, including guards trading favors and candy (this makes me want to cry) for sex with the young girls. According to local paper The Parish Times, it’s not up for debate whether or not the guard had sex with the 14-year-old girl repeatedly, which absolutely qualifies as statutory rape under Louisiana law, and for which he is already serving time in jail. (Her current case is a civil suit seeking damages from the county.) While some cases of “statutory rape” seem genuinely consensual (see: teen Kaitlyn Hunt, who had sex with a girlfriend just a few years her junior), there is no way in hell a 14-year-old could give consent to not just a grown man, but an authority figure with the power to make her life a living hell. The girl, who has not been named, had already been raped repeatedly by family members and was suffering from post-traumatic-stress-disorder, which her attorneys say this experience worsened.
And yet, against all logic and ethics, defense attorneys are saying that the girl’s PTSD comes from her prior rapes only, not her prison rapes, and that “it would not be fair…for Terrebonne to pay for problems it did not create.” Furthermore, they are attempting to paint the victim as some sort of sexually precocious jezebel who shares some of the blame for her own repeated assaults. (The old “she was asking for it” defense.) “These girls in the detention center are not Little Miss Muffin,” one official said, implying that this troubled child belongs in a different category from other children simply because she has had a hard life thus far. “Vickers could not have engaged in sexual relations within the walls of the detention center with (the victim) without cooperation from her,” said a defense attorney. “Vickers did not use force, violence or intimidation when engaging in sexual relations.” Because it’s not intimidating at all to be asked for sexual favors by someone who watches and controls your every move.
Of course, this is some serious victim-blaming bullshit that recalls that Cleveland, Texas case where defense attorneys likened the 11-year-old rape victim to “a spider luring flies into her web.” I understand that everyone is entitled to a defense attorney in a court of law, but these lawyers are not even defending the perpetrator, but trying to get the county out of paying damages to the girl, and this kind of twisted logic is offensive to both rape victims and society at large. I wish the victim and her legal team the best of luck in pursuing maximum damages, and I’m glad the perpetrator has already been brought to justice.