Serial Rapist Convicted of Raping His Daughter

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Sometimes these stories are just too horrible to convey in words.  The rapist in the story below (h/t Lauredhel) had a long history of sexual abuse towards his vulnerable female family members:

At the time of the offences, the man had been out of jail for a year after serving 10 years for repeatedly raping his step daughter from the time she was 10 years old.

The court heard the man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victims, was in a relationship with a woman from 1979 to 1983 and they had a daughter in 1982.

He left that woman to begin a relationship with the woman’s 17-year old daughter from a previous relationship.

The 17-year old already had a three-year old daughter of her own, and when the little girl was nine, years old the man began a sexual relationship with her while living at a Sunshine Coast caravan park.

He raped the girl for the first time around her tenth birthday.

The abuse continued until 1997 when the girl was about 16 years old.

He also raped another 16-year old family member in 1996.

In 1997, the man was sent to jail for a total of 35 offences and was eventually released in 2007.

Let me first get the obvious out of the way, yet again: you cannot have a “sexual relationship” with a nine-year-old child. The correct terminology, by absolute necessity, is “the man began sexually abusing her.”

Secondly, rapists who show a history of repeated and continuous sexual offenses against those to whom they are close have a high rate of offending again.  Which is why it’s a bad idea to let a child rapist convicted on 35 counts out of jail after only ten years.  Because he just might rape his daughter when he gets out.

He told authorities he would be staying at Nerangba but moved to another Coast caravan park to live with the woman he had previously been in a relationship with from 1979 to 1983.

Their intellectually disadvantaged daughter, who was born in 1982, also lived near by.

While she was not considered disabled, the court was the told the woman was “slow” because of previously being stabbed in the back of the head and due to medical conditions.

On March 29 last year, the man followed his daughter home and had sex with her.

The court heard the man believed the sex was consensual because she did not say anything.

The next day he had sex with his daughter again.

Of course, it’s worth noting that women with disabilities are raped at even higher rates than women without disabilities, particularly by those who are close to them, such as family members and caretakers.  It’s because, among many other things, we as a society often so severely marginalize people with disabilities that they have fewer recourses to seek out help, and also may fear losing the necessary services of the caretaker (and in rarer cases may be unable to actually communicate what was done at all).  In other words, the man has a history of raping his female family members, especially those in more vulnerable positions; and women with disabilities are common targets of rapists.  So the fact that no one predicted that the man would likely seek to rape his daughter and worked harder to keep him away from her is quite the travesty of justice.

And again, he didn’t “have sex” with his daughter.  He raped her.  It says as much in the headline of the story, in fact!  It’s really not that hard to use consistent and correct language.

The part that really sent the shiver down my spine though was the sentence “the man believed the sex was consensual because she did not say anything.”  For the record, I doubt that this man actually believes his own bullshit.  I think he knew perfectly well what he was doing.  The reason that it sends a shiver down my spine is because this kind of excuse is used so regularly with regards to supposedly lesser “date” rapes.  We hear it so often, this idea that women’s bodies are permanently available and consenting to male sexual advances unless spoken otherwise.  And so “she didn’t say no” is considered an excuse.

I think that a lot of people, though hardly all, would see this for what it is in this case — a way to try to pass off an actual rape as not really rape.  Maybe because the victim in question is his daughter.  Maybe because she has a disability.  Maybe because he has a history of rape.  Maybe because of all the above.

But as we can tell by the very fact that this man is going back to jail at all, more people will see it for what it is than do when it’s a man raping his date who has had a couple of drinks, or a man raping a woman who is passed out, or a man raping his girlfriend.  These supposedly “lesser” rapists, the ones who we purportedly shouldn’t be worrying as much about, use the same exact line of reasoning as this shock-inducing monster.  And the already existing history and largely accepted grounding for the excuse by those “date” rapists is what gives it enough credence to allow the monster who rapes his daughters to also utter it and expect that he might be taken seriously.

It’s all connected, folks.  Rape apologism shifts, but it’s all connected.

In any case, this man has now been sentenced to a mere 9 years, and will be eligible for parole as soon as 2012.  We’re not given the rapist’s age, but it does of course make it entirely conceivable and perhaps quite likely that he will again see the light of day.  Maybe because the judge’s hands were tied and he imposed the maximum sentence and could do no more.  Maybe because he bought the excuse in part and therefore didn’t make the sentence as harsh as it could have been.  I don’t know.  But I know that this man may in fact rape again, and that I don’t trust anyone in power to even bother trying to find a way to stop it.

0 thoughts on “Serial Rapist Convicted of Raping His Daughter

  1. abyss2hope

    Cara, you are so right when you point out that all these excuses are just that, excuses, whether they are given by someone who makes even hardened rape apologists cringe or whether they are given by someone who is championed as a man who at worst is guilty of a misunderstanding.

    So often these types of assumptions which claim to be about consent are really assumptions about what rapists can get away with. The question becomes: Will investigators, prosecutors and jurors give me their consent on behalf of someone who did not freely consent?

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  3. Lynda Hopgood

    One of the problems with the nature of the way the police and courts deal with rape and sexual assault is that the onus is on the victim to prove that she DIDN’T consent. This is all arse-up: surely the onus should be on the perpetrator to explain why he is SURE she DID. In every other crime, the prosecution make an allegation that the defence have to, well, defend. Rape should be no different.
    A good indication that it is normal, consensual sex: you both talked about it beforehand and you both indicated your interest. During sex, she is smiling and/or moaning with pleasure and saying things like “more, more, yes, yes!” and in every other way is enthusiastically participating.
    If this is NOT happening, you are either a shit lover or you are NOT having consensual sex. It is not a good thing for her to just lie there quietly and be a receptacle for your sperm – and she shouldn’t have to scream “NO!” repeatedly at you for you to get the hint that she’s not into it. In other words, you don’t have to be an expert on body language to know when someone is or isn’t enjoying sex (or, in the case of rape, “sex”).
    I strongly suspect that most men who rape women do so knowing full well the woman is not consenting. Even in cases where consent was originally given and then later withdrawn, men who carry on regardless also do it knowing full well that it is no longer consensual. What we come down to is the male assumption that sex is a given unless explicitly stated otherwise, and that once it has started it is somehow beyond his control to stop – these attitudes have GOT to change and until they do we won’t see any real improvements both in terms of the number of women raped and sexually assaulted every year and also in the number of convictions.

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  4. Tasha

    I have thought the same thing before as Lynda – why is it that in a rape case, it is up to the victim to prove they are not lying?

    You should send this post to the editor of the Daily. I know that using the words “he had sex with her” and “allegedly raped” are always supposed to be used BEFORE someone is convicted, but when they HAVE be convicted, isn’t it now straight fact – there is absolutely no doubt now that they ARE a rapist and it wasn’t sex.

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  5. kandela

    I agree the language is wholly inappropriate, especially where a conviction has taken place.

    Authorities don’t seem to be doing a whole lot to prevent rape by known perpetrators. Short of throwing away the key though, I’m not sure what can be done. Isolation perhaps? Rehabilitation where it is tried seems to have only minor success. Education only works where the perpetrator is naive. Castration is only going to prevent one form of sexual assault. I’m not sure there is an easy answer. I guess more money for dedicated studies would be welcome.

    With regard to some of the comments, in rape cases where the only evidence is witness testimony, how do you expect the defence to proceed? In all criminal proceedings in our legal system the onus is on the prosecution to provide sufficient evidence to prove the accused guilty. For the defence to do their job they have to try and show that the evidence is flawed or insufficient. If the only evidence is testimony from the victim the defence is duty bound to question it. Once again I can’t see any simple solution.

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