I am asking this question for the purpose of understanding only and in no way am I trying to diminish the alleged victim's trauma or pain...
I am wondering if these acts were committed over a long period of time in different locations, why does that not suggest consenual act by participants?
I guess I am trying to grasp the fact that if I , for example, was in someone's office and something was done to me that I did not want done, I sure would never put myself in a position again for the same thing to happen. I especially wouldn't get into the alleged perps vehicle or go to his house.
I understand the abuse of position not only with ministers, but teachers, doctors, etc. as well. Also, I understand this might have started when victim was a minor, and it was noted she came from a broken home.
However, there comes a time in our lives,-- bad childhood or not-- when we become adults and have to take responsibility for our own actions.
Again, not taking sides here, just trying to understand better the legal system and how they classify sexual crimes. I guess it worries me that anyone that had a relationship and later regretted it or wanted to "get even" with someone can call it rape.(general statement here..not referring to this case) Let's face it...extra-marital affairs, though hurtful and dissapointing, are not illegal.
There are no victors in this case no matter how you slice it. Prayers should be offered for ALL involved and also for a swift and truthful resolution to this whole sad situation.
February 27, 2009 at 4:10 p.m.
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