CLEVELAND — A Lakewood High School teacher raped a student in his classroom after school five years ago, prosecutors said. Brian Biermann, 35, of Rocky River, was indicted Monday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on charges of rape, sexual battery and kidnapping. [...]
Prosecutors said that on Jan. 6, 2004, a 15-year-old girl met the English teacher to review a paper she wrote. "While in his classroom, he became sexually aggressive toward her and raped her," said Ryan Miday, spokesman for the prosecutor's office.
On Friday, Oct. 10, 2008, the woman told another Lakewood teacher that Biermann raped her. The school called police, Superintendent David Estrop said.
The initial accusation made in the comments against this alleged victim is based on nothing more than the delay in reporting which means it is based not on evidence but on bigotry.
Too hard to believe 5 years later
This man who goes by the tagname, icu4whatur, conflates what he can't (or won't) believe with what is real. Later he makes the false claim that a not-guilty verdict is declaring that the defendant is innocent.
Several commenters make the false claim that our legal system related to rape is, "guilty until proven innocent," when this is a provably false statement which gets used to make the false claim that being acquitted of rape charges is being proven innocent. These people will acknowledge that innocent people can be found guilty while refusing to acknowledge that guilty people can be found not guilty.
Often refusing to reject the alleged victim's report immediately is conflated giving the defendant the legal status of guilty when this is invalid. Those who are calling this woman a liar have designated her as guilty of a crime. Something they claim to oppose.
What is real is that many rape victims don't report their rapes immediately. One of the reasons in this situation would be that teenage rape victims are often harassed. High school can be tough enough without this added trauma.
The allegation put forth that if a 15 year old girl was raped that someone would notice the change in her and correctly identify the cause is false and is then used as evidence that this report must therefore be false.
Reporting 5 years later, is in fact easy to believe when you look at the reality of being raped at age 15 by a trusted adult.
These accusers have based their accusations on this woman's potential motives which means they are fine with this practice even when accusations are directed at people other than those who report having been raped.
One of the commenters identifies himself as a victim of a false report and his reference to, "No DNA, no torn clothes, no injuries" indicate that his definition of rape is different than the legal definition of rape. He says he's learned not to make judgments based on media reports yet his judgment about this case is clear.
Commenter, spiritof1776, compares a teen being the victim of statutory rape with a teen accused of murder. That this person cannot or will not see that these are not even close to being parallel is telling.
And of course, a commenter, DonRedBerry, blames this case on feminism without any awareness that this is a backhanded admission that without feminism teachers who rape their students would always get away with rape -- unless that teacher also maimed or murdered that student. He goes on to write:
Waiting to inform authorities days, weeks, months, years, decades is not permissible. Men have rights too.
Got that? If you are a girl or a woman who is raped it is not permissible for you to wait days to report your rape. Men have rights too. And apparently the cornerstone of men's rights is to quickly allow men to know that they got away with rape. It would be just too cruel if men who rape have to worry about being legally accountable for more than a few hours.