A county attorney in Kansas violated a girl's privacy by showing around photos of her sexual assault, the teen and her mother claim in Topeka Federal Court. The Anderson County Attorney refused to prosecute the assailant, but showed other parents photos of the sexual assault, and was suspended from practicing law for 6 months for it, the family says.This combination of actions highlights how often rape victims are treated like criminal offenders who must be punished while rapists are too often treated like overgrown toddlers who at most deserve to be scolded by their parents.
The parents say their 17-year-old daughter attended an outdoor party in May 2007, where four men or boys forced her to take off her clothes. One of them had sex with her in the bed of a truck, despite her repeated pleas for him to stop, while others took photos of it, according to the complaint.
The girl says that she reported the assault to police, who referred it to County Attorney Frank Campbell. She says Campbell "decided he would not pursue prosecution of the male" involved in the sexual assault, but told a local newspaper that he would share the pictures with parents of the minors at the party.
If 4 boys or men are forcing a girl to take off her clothes what follows is not sex, it's rape even if that girl doesn't protest. All 4 of those boys or men were actively involved in the crime and all should have been prosecuted for the sexual assault and since the picture qualified as child porn that would have allowed additional charges.
Campbell's response ignored the rape laws and supported the dangerous idea that girls who drink alcohol deserve to be raped or are asking for it.
The excuse Campbell gave for showing the pictures of this girl's assault is pathetic. Using pictures of a reported rape as if it is evidence of nothing more than underage drinking makes deterring teen drinking more important than deterring and prosecuting rape.
In reality it is Campbell's response which gives boys and men backhanded permission to commit rape under certain conditions. For that offense he should have lost his license to practice law for much longer than six months and he should have been banned from life from working as a prosecutor.