This is a picture of the introduction to the Twilight Zone because I legitimately do not know what kind of a world we are living in.

The Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, just overturned the Sexual Assault Conviction of a man accused of raping  a woman who “has severe cerebral palsy, has the intellectual functional equivalent of a 3-year-old and cannot verbally communicate.”

Do you know why?

Because there was not enough evidence that she resisted. In Conneticut, physical incapacity in terms of sexual assault is defined as someone who is “unconscious or for any other reason. . . physically unable to communicate unwillingness to an act.”

But she has the intellectual capacity of a three year old. A three year old.

According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), lack of consent is implied if you are “under the statutory age of consent, or if you had a mental defect.”

The defense lawyer states that: “(W)e, like the Appellate Court, ’are not persuaded that the state produced any credible evidence that the [victim] was either unconscious or so uncommunicative that she was physically incapable of manifesting to the defendant her lack of consent to sexual intercourse at the time of the alleged sexual assault.”

SHE IS UNABLE TO VERBALLY COMMUNICATE.

I’m sorry, this just strikes me as the ultimate example of someone taking advantage of someone who is completely defenseless. I’m sincerely shocked, and I’m really ashamed of everyone who somehow decided that this was acceptable. I know we talk a lot about the fact that you should be able to walk down the street at night in a tank top without being bothered but this is… how? How does this happen? How do we live in a world where anyone thinks this is alright?

Sometimes I fear for everyone.