Consent?

April 14, 2009 at 5:11 PM (Uncategorized)

Saw a rerun of a famous been-on-forever legal drama.

The crux of the matter was that at least two teenagers had had intercourse with a student with an iq of 65. (It is important to note that the show did not cast this as two separate events: the sexual contact happened as part of one event. )The student attended Special Ed Classes. The DA based their case on the belief that the teenaged girl did not have the ability to give consent (after their shrink stated he did not believe she had the ability to give consent.)

The girl felt the boys liked her, and she believed she participated consensually.

The situation resulted in a murder. (the younger sister killed one of three boys involved)

Besides the obvious ‘murder is a bad thing,’

1. In this specific situation, heck yeah, the surviving boys (who eventually revealed they knew she had some kind of cognitive impairment before they assaulted her….

2. I just don’t see how the scriptwriter got to the point where the judge set aside the jury verdict that this was assault.

Since this was fictional, I’m not surprised that I’m more disturbed that this got written *and hit the airwaves* than anything else.

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2 Comments

  1. bridgett said,

    Gah.

    Let me know if you got my last e-mail. Our campus e-mail has been funky (both refusing delivery and spewing spam, causing other providers to block our outgoing messages) and the letter I wrote you on Monday was returned to me today. The upshot of it was that I was glad to hear your news and all is cool.

    • imfunny2 said,

      Ok….I’ll send a test email next week, another short one…

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