In this Texas (correction: Colorado) rape case in which a man who isn't claiming that he knew the woman before he allegedly raped her, his defense attorney is claiming the sex was consensual.
The charges were filed with the man's DNA as the only identifier. Allegedly he was wearing a ski mask when he kicked the woman's door in. He was only found because his DNA was in the system due to a rape conviction in Kentucky.
“All the (DNA) science in the world is not going to resolve the central issue — if the sex was consensual,” [Deputy Public Defender Cindy] Jones said. “There was no force, no weapons — he just tied a slip around her head.”
He just tied a slip around her head? If the slip wasn't also around her neck it could easily be moved there so that if she didn't do as she was told that he could easily strangle her. But, hey, as many people claim, if the rapist didn't use a knife or a gun it can't be real rape. Never mind if they break in wearing ski masks.
For all those who defend alleged rapists who knew their victim simply because she didn't say no to unwanted sex, your attitude contributes to men like this rationalizing rape when their victims are too scared to say no and too scared to try and call 911.
When you rationalize away date rape until it becomes non-criminal (she could have escaped if she really wanted to, she didn't call 911 immediately, etc.), all rapists thank you for giving them more leeway.