Comments: Sad, Sick, and Twisted

I'm confused. They say he assaulted her, but the article doesn't go into any details of proof. That this is statutory rape is without question (and it's sad that he seems to confuse "rape" with "statutory rape"), and of course one can argue a long time as to whether sex can be consensual when there's a 12-year-old involved, but I'm still looking to read evidence of physical harm.

Posted by Elayne Riggs at January 28, 2004 09:09 AM

Well, clearly he was committing emotional blackmail.

And a 12 year-old is unlikely to have the maturity to really weigh the consequences of having sex with a relative 20 years older than her, so that's another way he took advantage of her.

I'm not sure, in a case with such an age disparity, that I think any actual physical harm is required to constitute rape or child molestation.

Posted by Anne at January 28, 2004 10:50 AM