There have been developments in the Kaitlyn Hunt story. For those of you that might have missed it, it’s the story of an 18 year old girl and had a sexual relationship with a 14 year old girl. In any other context, this is an open and shut case. The perpetrator had sex with an underage child, and goes to jail, right? Well, this case is different, and the outcry over it inadvertently exposed one of the stated objectives of the gay rights crowd-to either lower, or outright eliminate age of consent laws.
In other words, they want to make it legal to have sex with children.
So, here are the ongoing developments…
Kaitlyn Hunt refuses plea-bargain.
Kaitlyn Hunt, the Florida 18-year-old who admitted a sexual affair with a 14-year-old girl, has rejected a plea-bargain offer from prosecutors in Indian River County and will face trial June 20 on charges of lewd and lascivious battery.
UPDATE: Hunt’s supporters had mounted an online campaign claiming that she was the victim of homophobic prejudice in an effort to pressure prosecutors to drop the felony charges against her.
While prosecutors had offered a plea bargain that would have kept Hunt out of prison on supervised release, Hunt and her supporters wanted the charges reduced to a misdemeanor. Hunt’s supporters say because her sexual involvement with a 14-year-old freshman girl — which began inside a toilet stall at Sebastian High School — was consensual, she should not be charged with a felony.
So then, any pedophile needs to say that the relationship was “consensual,” and they get off with a slap on the wrist, or scot-free? There is a reason we have laws against having sex with children, they are too immature to consent!
And now, it seems that even though most of the supporters seem to be sticking with Kaitlyn in spite of the lies of her supporters, In fact, it seems that even the Daily Kos has exhibited some journalistic integrity on this one.
I should have warned you to sit down before I said that. Lord knows home many people reading this via tablet or phone might have lost equilibrium.
Joan McCarter of Daily Kos — who had originally posted a petition supporting Kaitlyn Hunt — removed that petition and corrected the story as soon as she learned the truth:
Thu May 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM PT: The public scrutiny of this case has brought to light problems with the initial reporting, and with the original story coming from the Hunt family. Previously, Hunt’s parents said that the younger girl was 15, and Hunt 17 when the relationship began. The release of the arrest warrant made clear, as subsequent news stories report, that the younger girl was 14 and Hunt was indeed 18 when the relationship began.
These corrections, and the initial dishonesty of Hunt’s parents, make this story much more problematic, and our original petition moot.
Wow! If only we could explain to McCarter that Keynesian economics doesn’t work and ObamaCare will bankrupt the county . . .
Now, looking at some other aspects of this case has my mind working OT. let me unravel it here, and you can be the judge.
Pedophiles have a process for gaining access to, and cooperation from, their victims-it’s called grooming. It can consist of giving gifts, portraying the relationship between the victim an perpetrator as “special,” or something that other people, particularly the victims parentages, “won’t understand.” Also involved in an escalating exposure to sexual content. Sadly, if perpetrator grooms his or her victim successfully, the victim will freely cooperate, or even initiate sexual contact. In older children or teens, the victim may even think that the sexual contact was their idea, when all along, it was the perpetrator manipulating them. If it sounds like brainwashing, you’re right-the processes are very similar.
Pedophiles also have the twisted thought process that the entire process is consensual, and that they are doing nothing wrong. In their truly twisted thought processes, they believe that society, the authorities, religion, their victim’s parents, and who ever else disagrees with them are wrong. After all, they’re in love, and one day, society will come along and accept their deviance.
So, why talk about grooming? Here is why that term popped into my head.
UPDATE: Ann Althouse blogged about the story and some of the most interesting bits are her remarks in the comments:
Based on the video [i.e., the WPEC-TV interview with Jim and Laurie Smith, parents of the younger girl], it seems that kids at school are putting a lot of pressure on their daughter to reject her parents.
Now, the parents did report her girlfriend in to the police. They did this, they say, as a last resort after their daughter had already run away (without telling them). That was not a good strategy for getting their daughter back, as it’s alienated her further, so that she may feel that her entire social life depends on rejecting her parents.
So, do you think that was very savvy of the parents?
I don’t think so, but the question is what can they do once the other girl has shifted the rhetoric?
The younger girl’s parents made one drastic decision: to report behavior that is, under the law, a felony.
The accused girl got control of the narrative, with much support, making it about homophobia.
There’s really no way back for the younger girl’s parents. They can present their point of view and make it somewhat better, but they must regret going to the police.
What happened, Professor Althouse, was that Kaitlyn Hunt’s parents lied. And why should lying — “shift[ing] the rhetoric” to gain “control of the narrative,” as you say — be rewarded? It seems important to me that liars should never prevail in a situation like this, or else the rule of law will be subverted by dishonesty.
The following is conjecture on my part-be warned…
Note the similarities to a pedophile “grooming” a victim, and this case. The victim ran away from home to be with the perpetrator. That matches a line of thought that there was grooming involved. There appears to be a process in which the victim was encouraged to break from her parents. Then, we see something even more disturbing, in that there are people helping the grooming process. Remember that any type of abuser wants to isolate the victim from any source of help. In this case, peers and persons unknown are helping Kaityln Hunt by convincing her victim that the people that reported the crime are the problem, and “don’t understand.”
I’d be interested to see what kind of texting went on between Kaitlyn Hunt and her victim. I would not at all be surprised to see that there was a lot of escalating sexual talk between them, as Kaitlyn tried to break down the already weak defences of an infatuated 14 year old girl. Perhaps we will learn more as time wears on, especially if the prosecutors now start unfolding the case against Kaitlyn.
But, no matter what cause, the one thing that we learned in this case-and something that we should never lose sight of, is the following…
Liberals want to make it legal to have sex with children.