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WTF of the day via Eschaton (where they a call it Wanker of the Day)

October 16, 2007

And this is in my neighboring state, too! Sigh.
When is rape at gunpoint not rape? When it’s “theft of services.” at Feministe.

At least, that’s the stance of Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni.

She dropped all the sexual assault and assault charges against Dominique Gindraw, even though he stood accused of forcing a prostitute to have sex with him and three other men.

At gunpoint.

But Deni didn’t let Gindraw entirely off the hook. Because he didn’t pay her what he’d agreed to pay her for sex, and since she was in the business of providing sex for money, Deni let stand a charge of theft of services.

Deni told me she based her decision on the fact that the prostitute consented to have sex with the defendant.

“She consented and she didn’t get paid . . . I thought it was a robbery.”

The prostitute, a 20-year-old single mother, agreed to $150 for an hour of oral and vaginal sex on Sept. 20, according to assistant district attorney Rich DeSipio. The arrangements were made through her posting on Craigslist.

She met the defendant, Dominique Gindraw, 19, at what she thought was his house, but which turned out to be an abandoned property in North Philadelphia.

He asked if she’d have sex with his friend, too, and she agreed for another $100.

The friend showed up without money, the gun was pulled and more men arrived.

Got that? Because she agreed to have sex with Gindraw and his friend for a set price, and because that price wasn’t paid and Gindraw drew a gun and forced the complainant to have sex with not only him and his friend, but also with two other guys, that’s not rape, that’s robbery. Because it’s the same as stealing your neighbor’s cable.

Well, fortunately, the fifth guy who showed up asked the victim why she was crying, and got her dressed and out of there. He was a hell of a lot more compassionate than the judge, who couldn’t seem to grasp that the victim, despite having consented to sex under one set of circumstances, did not give blanket consent to every sexual act involving that particular customer. Particularly what with the presence of the gun and everything:

Deni did seem contemptuous of the victim:

“Did she tell you she had another client before she went to report it?” Deni asked me yesterday when we met at a coffee shop.

“I thought rape was a terrible trauma.”

A case like this, she said – to my astonishment – “minimizes true rape cases and demeans women who are really raped.”

Right, because it can’t be “true” rape if the victim is in shock, or is so desperate for money that she can’t afford to turn down a paying customer before seeking help.

Say WHAT? And this judge is a woman? She must be a relative of Ann Coulter – she appears to have the ASSHAT gene.

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