Posted on | April 23, 2014 | 26 Comments
Tomorrow a court hearing will be held in which it is expected New Jersey Superior Court Judge Siobhan Teare, will decide whether or not more testing is needed to determine whether a 33 year old man who suffers from cerebral palsy, was able to give consent during a long lasting sexual relationship with Rutgers Philosophy professor Anna Stubblefield.
It is said that the man has the mental capacity of an eighteen month old child.
Stubblefield is a practitioner of Facilitated Communication, a highly controversial technique that proponents say enables the severely mentally handicapped to communicate through “facilitators” by the use of touch and assistance with typing on a keyboard. She took on the man as a test subject in 2008 and in May of 2011 she approached the man’s mother telling her she had been engaging in a sexual relationship with him and that they were in love.
In August 2011, the man’s family brought their allegations to university police officers, who contacted Essex County prosecutors in January of 2013. Stubblefield was eventually indicted on aggravated sexual assault charges.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports: “Stubblefield says that she informed the parents that she and John Roe were in love, and that their sexual relations were consensual.” Oh, well, if they were in love and it was consensual, no one can possibly object.