Friday, June 13, 2008

Teen boys who are statutorily raped are at heightened risk of being falsely accused of rape by their own rapists

Robin Mowery, on trial for statutory rape of a boy, claims the boy actually raped her (click on link to read the full story). While we don't know exactly what happened, this news account underscores the fact that boys who are victimized by statutory rapists are themselves at higher risk of being falsely accused of rape -- by their own rapists.

While this is repugnant to any fair-minded person, it makes perfect sense because, as we see repeatedly on this Web site, when adult females lie about being raped it's often to cover up an illicit sexual relationship. A woman having an affair with a teen male certainly fits that category, and to "explain" the relationship to an angry husband or boyfriend, it is not surprising that some women falsely cry rape, sacrificing their callow lovers to the ignominy of a false rape claim.

Talk about compounding tragedy atop tragedy -- it is difficult even to imagine the long-term effects on a boy victimized twice by the same woman: first, when she rapes him; and second, when she falsely accuses him of raping her.

As you read the following news story, reverse the genders and, of course, an adult male would never be heard to complain that the girl he statutorily raped in fact raped him. It is noteworthy that the authorities in this case did what they thought was the right thing and put the woman on trial, not the boy. They are to be commended for that.

According to the story:

Mowery, 37, of Nashua, is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old boy, a friend of her daughter. Mowery claims the boy raped her at knifepoint, and threatened to rape and murder her daughter, but that police ignored her claims and forced her to admit their sex was consensual.

Undeterred, the prosecution plowed ahead:

It is unusual for women to be charged with sexually assaulting males, and Assistant County Attorney Patricia LaFrance focused on that reversal during her closing argument.

"He was a 15-year-old kid. He was getting some . . . He's got those hormones raging. An older woman was offering him sex," LaFrance said.

"What if the defendant was Robert Mowery?" and the teen was a girl, LaFrance said. "A 34-year-old man, and a 15-year-old girl. Is that OK? No it's not. There is no double standard in the law," she said, adding much later, "You must hold Robin Mowery to that same standard as any 34-year-old male, having sex with a 15-year-old female."

"Robin Mowery is going to say anything. She only needs one person on this jury to maybe feel sympathy for her," LaFrance said. "What makes sense is this: Robin Mowery is grasping at straws. She's hoping at least one of you on the jury will feel sorry for her."

The story also notes the following:

Robin Mowery testified that the teen raped her on April 27, 2006, threatening her at knifepoint, and threatened to rape and kill her daughter. She said she reported the matter to police, but police have no record of it.