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Idaho Judge Blames Internet for Rape, Feminists Blame Judge for ‘Rape Culture’

Posted on | February 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Idaho Judge Blames Internet for Rape, Feminists Blame Judge for ‘Rape Culture’

Background: Cody Herrera was 17 when he met a girl who was 14 in November 2014. The girl’s mother found out and warned Herrera to leave her daughter alone, but he continued to pursue her through online communications. In March 2015, the girl let Herrera sneak into her bedroom “ostensibly to watch a movie with her. He began to fondle the girl. She asked him to stop. He then raped her without wearing a condom.” Prosecutors in the case presented evidence that Herrera, now 19, “has fantasized about a 13-year-old girl, watched pornography portraying rape and has had 34 sexual partners.” The judge made national headlines by making celibacy a condition of Herrera’s probation. The Guardian obtained a transcript of Judge Randy Stoker’s remarks at the sentencing hearing and now the case has caused new controversy:

Stoker delivered what amounts to a sermon on modern-day morality in which he connected the 14-year-old victim’s rape to “the social media system”. . . .
Modern-day technology, he added, was at fault.
“I have seen dozens, if not hundreds of sex cases since I’ve been on this bench,” the jurist said. “Our society has come to a point of, I don’t even know how to explain it, you know? I am 66 years of age. When I was 19 years of age, the sexual proclivities of young people wasn’t anything, anything like I see today.
“I think it is a direct consequence of the social media system that we have in this country,” Stoker continued. “I can’t tell you how many times I have seen these cases: ‘How did this happen?’ ‘Well, I met somebody on social media.’”
Stoker conceded that Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and other sites might not be the direct cause of all the sexual assault cases he has presided over in the deeply conservative Gem State. But he said “the vast majority” of such cases originate online.
“I can’t change that,” he said. “If I had my way, I would eliminate the internet, and we’d all have better lives. But I can’t do that either. It also says something about, I guess, the level of morality in this country. I can’t change morality. People are going to do what they’re going to do.”

This happened in Twin Falls, Idaho, population 45,981. How does a boy in a town that size acquire 34 sexual partners before age 19? Are we talking about teenagers in southern Idaho, or shameless hedonists in San Francisco’s Castro District circa 1979? Didn’t Herrera use social media like Facebook in his promiscuous pursuits? If teenagers are using the Internet to facilitate hook-ups, and if a rape occurs during one of these adolescent rendezvous, and if it turns out the teenage rapist was watching violent porn on the Internet, is the judge sentencing the rapist not allowed to mention this? Like the judge said, he’s seen many cases like this: “‘How did this happen?’ ‘Well, I met somebody on social media.’”

Well, feminist Melissa McEwan doesn’t care about any of that. She has declared that Judge Stoker’s remarks are “rape culture.”

To feminists, of course, everything is “rape culture.” For example, Melissa McEwan’s plumber is “rape culture,” and the election was “rape culture,” and if there is anything that Melissa McEwan dislikes that isn’t “rape culture,” no one can guess what it is.



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