If "it was consensual" weren't so effective at distracting people from the actual evidence in the case, alleged stranger rapists wouldn't use it. In this case the alleged victim stated that the alleged rapist was holding a knife when she woke to find him in her son's bedroom. The 18 year old defendant is accused of raping her and molesting her daughter.
The scariest part of this story is the uncertainty of whether the jury will assume that the claim of "it's consensual," even with no substantiating evidence, means there must be reasonable doubt.
The court heard that when interviewed by police, Mr Thompson claimed he had met the woman earlier that evening and had gone to her house where they had consensual sex. He also claimed the mother had also asked him to mind the child for a couple of seconds before coming back into the room and accusing him of rape.
The trial continues.
Also worth noting is that his version of events fits the myth many men put forth when they argue against strong rape laws. If he were American, he might say, "Yeah, she agreed to our one night stand but when the kid woke up, she screamed rape. Yeah, that's what really happened. Knife? Hey, these women got to make me look evil. Come on, guys. You know how women are. You can't take their word over mine."
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