Posted on | October 23, 2013 | 78 Comments
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) October 23, 2013
Nearly three weeks after Florida sex offender Kaitlyn Hunt accepted a plea bargain for her crimes against a 14-year-old girl, most people have moved on and forgotten about the shabby scam whereby Hunt and her supporters raised more than $30,000 by portraying the tattoo-covered lesbian criminal as a victim of homophobia.
Alas, the “Free Kate” online movement endures, shamelessly arguing for the “right” to have sex with minors — as young as 13!
— PuertoRicanCracker (@Jeanette_Runyon) October 23, 2013
“See, Michigan has age of consent laws that I think are beyond sensible and respect the rights of individuals. If two people are in a relationship that develops a sexual component and one person is 18 or older, the relationship is perfectly legal . . . if the underage person is at least 13-16 and/or is no more than more than 5 years younger than than the “adult.” Why hasn’t the rest of the country adopted this policy yet?”
Because they don’t want people having sex with seventh-graders, maybe?
I’m fairly certain that Devan Clyde has misrepresented the specifics of Michigan’s age-of-consent laws, and that it is not “perfectly legal” for an 18-year-old to have sex with a 13-year-old there.
He is describing what is known as a “Romeo & Juliet” exemption, which typically reduces penalties for underage sex within certain age limits, without altogether legalizing such activity. Basically — and I’m sure any lawyer in any state would tell you this — an adult who is sexually involved with anyone under the age of 18 is vulnerable to prosecution, no matter what the age of consent laws may stipulate.
Suppose, for example, a 21-year-old is dating a 17-year-old in a state where the age of consent is 16. No problem, right? Don’t bet on it. Even if you can’t be charged with a sex crime, you could still get in trouble for “contributing to the delinquency of a minor” or “interference with parental custody,” if the minor or her parents get angry and decide to make a hassle. Also (and this is quite common) if drugs or alcohol are involved — you provided your underage girlfriend wine coolers, or a few joints — you might be surprised to discover how little leniency the courts show you. Even if your lawyer can get the charges dropped, or you get off with a nolo contendre plea, probation and a small fine, the mere fact of your arrest on such charges could be a stigma that haunts you forever.
The claim that it’s “perfectly legal” to have sex with 13-year-olds in Michigan is clearly dubious, but is typical of how “Free Kate” supporters keep desperately grasping for some pretext to argue that what Kaitlyn Hunt did wasn’t really a crime. To all such arguments, it should be sufficient to reply, “Read the original arrest affidavit, and read the petition to have Kaitlyn’s bond revoked.”
Plain facts and common sense, however, are incapable of penetrating the obsessive minds of the “Free Kate” fanatics. From the time they began their online crusade in May, “Free Kate” supporters demonized anyone who sided with the prosecutors or defended the parents of Kaitlyn’s underage victim. This blog was one of their targets, as was Jeanette Runyon, who steadily exposed the madness inside the “Free Kate” movement by simply screen-capping comments made on the group’s Facebook page and posting those screen-caps to Twitter.
Runyon’s success in this regard made her an especial target of Rachael Carson-Zerbe, one of the most visibly disturbed “Free Kate” supporters. You don’t need a Ph.D. in psychology to say that Carson-Zerbe’s fanatical devotion to Kaitlyn Hunt looks crazy. And the fact that Carson-Zerbe continues to lash out at Runyon, accusing her of various crimes, is further evidence in that regard.
— Rachael (@MRC_43) October 23, 2013
@Jeanette_Runyon after you continued posting my full legal name, FB SS's and defamatory statements I tweeted the documents there are more
— Rachael (@MRC_43) October 23, 2013
What’s going on here? Why does Carson-Zerbe think it is somehow wrong (or even illegal) to have her own words quoted? Why was I accused of “cyberstalking 2 teens” merely for covering this story?
The problem, as I see it, is that Carson-Zerbe developed unrealistic expectations and has been unable to cope with disappointment. When the “Free Kate” crusade launched on May 17, Hunt’s advocates had a five-day run of positive publicity that convinced them they were on the winning team. It was not until May 22 that people began noticing the first version of the story (in which it was falsely claimed the younger girl was 15, and Kaitlyn only 17, when the affair began) was a deliberate lie. On May 23, the victim’s parents gave their first TV interview, directly contradicting the “homophobia” narrative that the Hunt family had been spinning to sympathetic media. By the end of May, the “Free Kate” movement was in meltdown mode:
Matt Ross notices increasingly desperate attempts by #FreeKate fanatics to suppress negative information about Kaitlyn and her family, which is doomed predictably to fail. What is happening here is an attempt to decontextualize Kaitlyn’s crime: We are supposed to accept without question her mother’s testimony as to what a “model student” Kaitlyn is, and how this was just a harmless “romance” between two teenagers. But who is Kelley Hunt Smith to offer this testimony as a character witness?
Is Kate’s mother trustworthy? Is she a good judge of character?
As soon as you start asking questions like that — “Hater! Bigot!” — you’re going to start finding answers that weren’t what the Hunt family had in mind when they decided to make their daughter’s criminal case a nationwide crusade for “equality.” Your skepticism toward The Story Too Good to Be True, rather than being seen as an interest in knowing the full story before rendering judgment (which is what responsible people do), is to the #FreeKate mob evidence of your bad faith (mala fides), because True Believers must believe.
This exposes the real truth, namely that you are dealing with a religious phenomenon: Saint Kate of the Blessed Finger, whose rituals occur within the Shrine of the Sacred Toilet Stall.
That was on May 31 and rather than accept the reality of what had happened — Kaitlyn Hunt was guilty and her parents got caught spreading a lie — “Free Kate” supporters convinced themselves that the real problem was the “hate” of those who exposed the truth.
Once people start engaging in that kind of blame-shifting rationalization, they often find themselves unable to let it go, simply because they have a certain type of personality: Their self-pitying claims of victimhood, and excuse-making strategies to shift responsibility for their own failures, are symptomatic of underlying problems. Yet they cannot accept the fact that they are the cause of their own problems, and therefore require scapegoats to bear the blame.
My advice to anyone harassed by such a disturbed freak is to keep in mind the key point: It’s not about you, it’s about them.
Never let them get away with the typical sociopathic game of claiming that you are responsible for their problems. Clearly, they had problems before they ever heard of you, and they will continue to have problems long after the present argument ends.
“Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. . . . He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don’t listen to him. Remember that — do not listen.”
– The Exorcist (1973)
Maintain your sanity by ignoring their attacks — don’t be defensive, don’t argue the details — until you catch them clearly lying or threatening you, Then turn the spotlight on them until they run away shrieking about what a victim they are. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Just tell the truth about these disturbed freaks. They hate that.