Target: Defense Attorney Steve Taylor
Goal: Make him understand that sex involving a minor is always considered rape.
For almost half a year, Cleveland, Texas resident Jared Len Cruse, along with 20 of his friends, repeatedly raped an 11-year old girl. Mr. Cruse’s defense attorney, Steve Taylor, argued in court that it wasn’t rape because the girl said she had been a “willing participant.” Not only did he make this shocking accusation, but he went on to say the girl was like a spider, luring the men seductively into her parlor. What Steve Taylor doesn’t understand is, no matter what the 11-year old said, rape is always rape when a minor is involved. The girl was not of age, and therefore could not be a consenting adult.
Luckily, there are some sane people involved in the case. The lead investigator, Sergeant Chad Langdon, testified before the court that an 11-year old can never legally consent to sex. Despite Mr. Taylor’s career involving the law, he apparently doesn’t understand this. In addition, another man charged with raping the same girl has already been sentenced to 99 years in prison. So far, it appears Mr. Taylor’s comments won’t do much to sway the jury, and may ultimately end up working against him and his client.
The level of violence committed in the world is shocking, and no more than when children are involved. Please, tell Steve Taylor that his remarks are disgusting and unacceptable. If his reasoning were law, rapists and pedophiles would be able to get away with far more of their crimes. This is a serious matter, and if dialogue like the kind Mr. Taylor used doesn’t go away, children will never be fully protected.
Dear Attorney Steve Taylor,
Your recent comments about an 11-year old being a willing participant in sex are disturbing and harmful to the public. I understand your job sometimes involves defending people who have done bad things, but that doesn’t mean you can say anything you want in an attempt to prove their innocence. As a lawyer, you should be familiar enough with the law to know that when an adult has sex with an 11-year old, it is always considered rape, no matter what the child says.
The comments you made only help to spread lies and misinformation. God forbid a potential predator hears what you said and decides they can get away with rape using a similar defense. If these heinous acts had been perpetrated against your child, I know you would not feel the same way. You know as well as I do that an 11-year old is not mature enough to make decisions about sex, especially when over 20 adult men are involved.
Please, issue an apology for your statements, and urge others to learn what the law really says. Regardless of the outcome for your client, I know you would never want anything like this to happen to another child.
[Your Name Here]
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