Posted on | May 27, 2013 | 44 Comments
“The first time occurred in the bathroom of the W wing at Sebastian High School. [The 14-year-old] stated that they sent text messages to each other to meet in the bathroom. [The 14-year-old] and Kaitlyn went into a bathroom stall and started kissing. Kaitlyn then took [the 14-yea-old’s] pants off and put her finger inside of [the 14-year-old’s] vagina.”
— Detective Jeremy Shepherd, Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, Feb. 16 arrest affidavit
“Our client is a model citizen.”
— Julia Graves, attorney for Kaitlyn Ashley Hunt
There’s something pathetic about the reaction of people who’ve bought into a clever lie, once the truth starts coming out. Something they had been told was good and true and right is revealed to be bad and false and wrong, and their emotional investment in the appealing deception causes those who were innocently deceived to lash out at the truth-tellers.
Creating a myth of innocence for a criminal — the arrest affidavit makes clear that Kaitlyn Hunt admitted breaking the law — requires many elements, including deception, as in Steve Hunt’s Change.org petition that misstates the ages of both girls:
My daughter Kaitlyn . . . is not guilty of anything other than a high school romance, but is being prosecuted . . . because she has a girlfriend who is 15. . . .
The two girls began dating while Kaitlyn was 17 but her girlfriend’s parents blamed Kailtyn for their daughter’s homosexuality. They waited until after Kaitlyn turned 18 and went to the police to have charges brought against her.
Let’s call this what it is: A deliberate lie.
To repeat the facts that must be repeated until deceived people turn loose of the pleasant lie, Kaitlyn Hunt’s 18th birthday was Aug. 14, 2012 — she was 18 before beginning her senior year at Sebastian High School — and the younger girl was born in April 1998, so that she was 14 from the time she met Kaitlyn last fall and throughout the duration of their sexual involvement. The younger girl was still 14 when Kaitlyn was arrested in February, and did not turn 15 until last month.
Steven Hunt lied, and people believed his lies, and by the time the arrest affidavit became public last week, the belief in Kaitlyn’s victimhood — the target of an unfair prosecution motivated entirely by homophobia — had solidified in people’s minds. The woman who sincerely believed this case was about “a schoolgirl crush . . . and a little innocent flirting” was obviously a fool (crushes and flirting are not felonies in Florida), but how was she to know any different, based on what she had been told by the clever liars behind the “Free Kate” myth?
And what about Rachel Lockwood, who accuses truth tellers of “a huge defamation of character and slander”? Doesn’t she realize that the Hunt family and their advocates are the ones who have defamed not only Jim and Laurie Smith, parents of the younger girl, but also have wrongly impugned the integrity of law enforcement authorities in Indian River County, Florida? Does Rachel Lockwood have so little regard for truth and justice that she is willing to let the false “Free Kate” narrative discredit honest citizens and public officials?
Given the aggravating circumstances involved in this case, the plea deal offered by prosecutors was about as merciful as anyone could have expected, and Kaitlyn’s decision to reject that deal appears far more foolish now than it must have seemed to her misled supporters.
What will these deluded people say when they are forced to admit what I said on Thursday, that they have been enlisted — willingly or not — in a campaign to normalize pedophilia?
This is a serious charge, which was immediately met with the counter-accusation that I was inciting a “moral panic.” Yet this is a subject about which I have more extensive knowledge than some readers may apprehend. Please carefully read my 2002 article about the arrest of the pedophile lawyer Lawrence Stanley:
An American lawyer who specialized in defending those accused of child pornography is under arrest in Brazil, charged with violating that country’s laws against child exploitation.
Lawrence Allen Stanley, 47, was arrested June 8 after police in Salvador say they found more than 1,000 photographs and more than 100 videos of young girls in swimsuits and underwear. . . .
He has written several articles about child pornography, including one in 1987 in the Dutch pedophile journal Paidika. “Law enforcement officials have exaggerated the incidence of possession of child pornography,” Stanley said. “Only 14 percent depicted children engaged in sexual conduct with adults,” he said, referring to photos in child pornography magazines.
Those assertions were expanded by Stanley in a 1988 Playboy article, “The Child Pornography Myth,” in which he argued that pedophiles were a “small, essentially insignificant group.”
Stanley’s work was cited by Judith Levine in her recent book, “Harmful to Minors,” which several critics said promoted pedophilia. The Levine book was sold by one of Stanley’s Web sites, which praised it as an “important and compelling book” debunking “myths that … adult attraction to children is a serious and pervasive threat.”
Read the whole thing, and then carefully read my post from January of this year, “Rush Limbaugh Is Right: The Academic Pro-Pedophile Movement Is a Real Danger.” You can say whatever you want, but don’t try to tell me the danger is not real, when one of Lawrence Stanley’s fellow contributors to Paidika, Theo Sandfort, is now a professor at Columbia University.
Don’t tell me such creatures are not smiling in satisfaction at the incremental arguments that excuse an 18-year-old fingering a 14-year-old in a toilet stall as “high-school romance.”
Don’t tell me that people like that aren’t pleased that a Republican state senator in Florida is now proposing to “revise sex offenses law, offering protection to 18-year-olds like Kaitlyn Hunt.”
Appeals for leniency for Kaitlyn Hunt are one thing, but people will have a hard time finding any defensible grounds on which to fight to have the charges dropped altogether, as the Purpose Foundation specifically demanded in its “Free Kate” petition. And if Florida state Sen. Thad Altman thinks he can “revise sex offenses law” to protect Kaitlyn without actually making 14-year-olds more vulnerable to sexual exploitation, he’s suffering under a tremendous delusion.
The argument has been made by some people that because the age difference in this case (44 months) is not so extreme, and because the younger girl’s age at the inception of the affair (14 years, 8 months) is not so young, that this case should not be subject to prosecution as a felony.
OK, fine: How young is too young, and how great must the age difference be, before felony charges can be applied to consensual sex?
You are free to answer that question however you like, but it would be difficult to imagine a law that would decriminalize Kaitlyn Hunt’s actions without also potentially permitting 16-year-olds to cruise the middle-school parking lot on the prowl for seventh-graders.
Misdemeanor? You’re telling me that the parents of a 14-year-old who discover their daughter missing, as Jim and Laurie Smith did, and then learn she’s been having an overnight dildo romp with an 18-year-old, should be told that this is only a misdemeanor?
Lies deceive and sophistry confuses, and people are more easily deceived and confused when the cultural elite tell them stories carefully constructed to enlist their sympathies. Speaking of which, our film correspondent Dan Collins has news from Cannes:
#FreeKate Wins the Palme d’Or
[T]his year’s Palme d’Or for best film went to a movie that represents the lesbian love relationship between a 15-year-old girl and an older woman, which the NY Times casts as an “awakening.”
Take that, you godbag christofascists! John Hayward at Breitbart.com hopes life doesn’t imitate art as much as art imitates life:
Sounds like a great film to catch after spending the afternoon at a “Free Kate” rally. Hopefully they allow a bathroom break while this three-hour saga grinds on. And hopefully the bathrooms will be supervised.
Another top contender at Cannes? An S&M flick by Roman Polanski. Obviously, he should have gone with a “not rape-rape” theme.
- May 27: The Story Too Good to Be True
- May 26: In Search of Liberal ‘Principle,’ and Also: Does #FreeKate Have a Larger Agenda?
- May 25: Aggravating Circumstances: Against the #FreeKate Campaign for Sexual Anarchy
- May 25: #FreeKate Lies Rejected by Daily Kos Staffer, and Other New Developments
- May 24: Because She’s Cute, That’s Why
- May 24: BREAKING: Kaitlyn Hunt Refuses Plea Offer, Will Face Trial on June 20
- May 23: Damn You, #FreeKate Liars! UPDATE: Parents of 14-Year-Old Girl Speak Out
- May 22: Liberals Now Arguing for a Lesbian’s Right to Have Sex With a 14-Year-Old Girl