Wednesday December 4, 2013
Tattoos Lead to 'Rape' Charges in OregonPolitical Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com
But what is rape in Oregon?
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - 18-year old Stephen Matt Lister screwed up, there is no question about it. Police say he has been giving tattoos to underage girls and that he had sex with at least two high school girls in the process.
Reading the latest press release about this 'big time' arrest in Oregon makes me, quite frankly, roll my eyes. Oregon, the state where the lives of young junior high aged boys are turned upside down for having slapped a female student on the buttocks, making them 'sex offenders'. In fact that case happened in Yamhill County, where this new tattoo crime case is based.
Because he is 18 and the girls are not, Lister is charged with multiple counts of 'Rape' which is a stupid misuse of terminology as the girls were in all likelihood not raped; they participated in sex willingly, but because of their age being under 18, they were 'raped' according to police.
With Oregon's use of the term 'rape', the deletion of the word 'statutory' makes it sound like every case involving an underage person involved forcible rape. This is one of the Oregon prosecutor's favorite little tricks; in fact you could fairly say it is a district attorney's dream, because they get to say 'rape rape rape' at court proceedings when the victims were not forced to have sex.
But the terminology problems don't stop there.
This young man who was 17 just a year earlier, is also charged with 'Sodomy' which is a word that absolutely says 'anal sex' but not in Oregon. In this state, any sex act other than standard intercourse is called 'Sodomy' and don't the prosecutors love that also? A blow job is sodomy. What a bunch of backward prudes.
Detectives from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department say they arrested Stephen Lister after two 15 year old females reportedly came forward and confirmed he had sex with them.
Stephen Matt Lister, 18, residing in Newberg was arrested and lodged in the Yamhill County Jail on the following charges:
* 10 counts of Performing Services in a Field Of Practice Without a License * Three counts of Sex Abuse in the Third Degree * Two counts of Sodomy in the Third Degree * Three counts of Rape in the Third Degree
Stephen Matt Lister's security amount(bail) is listed at $150,000.
The world is in such terrible shape. The U.S. government endorses and directly supports governments that sanction and allow the abuse of human beings on a daily basis. This is a land of hypocrisy and while Mr. Lister made a number of mistakes, they are likely not as severe as the laws that will be used to judge and punish him.
Those are my two cents.
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