A 14-year-old who was regularly raped by a 40something juvenile detention guard was asking for it, says the detention center's attorneys, who claim the two couldn't have had sex within the walls of the Louisiana juvie without her "cooperation." Plus, the girl's no "Little Miss Muffin," if you know what they mean! (Nudge nudge, wink wink, slam your head against your computer screen.)
Here's the quandary: should Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana pay money to a woman repeatedly raped at the age of 14 by her juvenile detention guard at the area's detention center? Not if she was into it, which she obviously was because she was kinda a wayward slut, says the defense.
It's illegal for an adult to have sex with a 14-year-old in Louisiana, as the age of consent is 17. But that's really besides the point here: it's absolutely ridiculous to argue that a 14-year-old who was raped by a guard who was supposed to keep her safe — and had the power to make her life even more miserable than it already was — was complicit in her own abuse. Plus, the case in question is only one piece of a massive 2010 scandal that resulted in a Department of Justice investigation; according to the Parish Times, "improper use of isolation cells, lack of supervision and accusations of guards exchanging candy and other favors in return for sex led to indictments and dismissals of staff." Seems like a fun, chill place to have consensual sex, right?
"The parish’s argument that a 14-year-old child could consent to sex with an adult in any context is disturbing,” said Katie Schwartzmann, director of the nonprofit Southern Poverty Law Center’s New Orleans office. “In the jail or prison context, power dynamics between children and adults are even more skewed. When a child is in custody, guards have complete coercive control over every aspect of that child’s life. The argument that a child could consent to sex with an adult prison guard is, frankly, shocking.”
But! Has she ever met these skanks? “These girls in the detention center are not Little Miss Muffin,” one official said. It's true that the victim in question had a rough life: she was sexually molested multiple times as a child and raped by an uncle who fed her tons of hard drugs. She should've made better choices.
Due to an overbooked calendar, the court won't reconvene until March 24th, so we'll have to wait until then to find out whether troubled juvie inmates are supposed to protect themselves from being raped by guards.
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