This week, the so-called "Hillary tapes" — recordings of Hillary Clinton discussing defending a child rapist early in her career — were again discussed publicly when a conservative outlet claimed to "unearth" them. Other right-wing media pounced, claiming that the tapes were newly discovered (they're not) and that they depicted Hillary Clinton "laughing at a rape victim" (they don't; she's laughing at the stupidity of polygraphs as a means to determine guilt). The tapes aren't the most interesting part of the story here. The story is in the affidavit discussed in the tapes, of the way Clinton, then a young attorney, disparaged a 12-year-old rape victim, and how the "best legal defense" for rapists further traumatize and harm their victims.
The case, as Kate mentioned earlier this week, is stomach churning. In 1975, Thomas Alfred Taylor allegedly went on a group outing with the 12-year-old victim, a 15-year-old boy, and others. When the 15-year-old boy and the 12-year-old girl were left alone in the truck, the boy and girl had sex (which may or may not have been consensual, according to this in-depth NewsDay report on the case from 2008). Following their encounter, Taylor returned to the truck and raped the girl. The girl sought medical care and examiners found that she had injuries consistent with rape.