Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Minimizes Rape Against Escorts As ‘Theft Of Services’

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell doesn’t think prostitutes can be raped, they can only have their services stolen from them – something like a dine and dash, only in this case the victim is lucky to survive and will carry a lifetime of grief and horror on her shoulders.

Of course, anyone of any gender may wind up a victim of sexual assault at some point, but it’s no secret that women make up the largest percentage of that unfortunate truth, which is why it is particularly disturbing to read such rhetoric from a woman, even if she does write for a major conservative-leaning newspaper.

In her Saturday column titled, “Mitchell: Rape Case Sends Mixed Messages On Prostitution,” Mitchell stated that prosecutors in a rape case had been wrong to say that the victimized escort was “raped at gunpoint” because, in her eyes, it was really a matter of “theft of services.”

Yes, really.

According to a Sun-Times article from last week, the victim was allegedly raped at gunpoint by 29-year-old Roy Akins because he lacked the bread to make a sandwich. So far, there is no word as to whether he used any condiments, either.

Akins was charged with “aggravated criminal sexual assault” as a result of the incident, later bringing him before the prosecutors Mitchell feels missed the mark in assessing Akins’ crime. Mitchell complained prosecutors going after Akins for criminal sexual assault is “making a mockery of rape victims.”

Seriously.

Mitchell said:

“I don’t have one iota of sympathy for Akins’ plight. But I’m grateful he isn’t being accused of snatching an innocent woman off the street. Unfortunately, the way this case is being handled makes it look like sex trafficking is a legitimate business.”

So, if a woman is not a saint by your subjective eyes, we should dismiss her rape as some kind of holier than thou justice, Ms. Mitchell? A little, “that’s what you get”? Malarkey!

Mitchell goes on to say:

“I’m not one of those women who believe rape victims are at fault because they dressed too provocatively or misled some randy guy into thinking it was his lucky night. But when you agree to meet a strange man in a strange place for the purpose of having strange sex for money, you are putting yourself at risk for harm.”

Sure, but does putting one’s self at risk negate or justify the crime? Hell no. Of course it doesn’t. Mitchell fails to understand the difference between her right to feel indifferent to empathy for the victim and the victim’s right to a fair and just trial for the criminal rape that was committed – and a rape was committed. Living on the edge or not, if a woman, or any other person, says no — even if the sex trade is their profession — that means “No!” To not honor that clear declaration to the sovereignty over one’s own body is rape.

But still, Mitchell writes in her column that it is “tough to see this unidentified prostitute as a victim.”

Mitchell continues:

“And because this incident is being charged as a criminal sexual assault — when it’s actually more like theft of services — it minimizes the act of rape. For law enforcement to put what happened to a Backpage.com prostitute on a par with rape victims like [Melissa Schuster] is an insult.”

Hell, does Mitchell even know or understand how so many people fall into the sex trade in the first place? It may help her have more empathy for those she deems less than “innocent.”

Mitchell doesn’t even see her own contradiction in thought, here, either. First she says:

“Unfortunately, the way this case is being handled makes it look like sex trafficking is a legitimate business.”

Then she says:

“And because this incident is being charged as a criminal sexual assault — when it’s actually more like theft of services — it minimizes the act of rape.”

She accuses prosecutors of treating “sex trafficking” as a “legitimate business,” but it is she who is saying the victim’s rape is like a “theft of services” as if being a Backpage.com escort is… what? A legitimate business.

Before you go passing judgement on rape victims and minimizing the crimes committed against them, Mary Mitchell, perhaps you should take a bit more time to learn about what you’re writing about, to find your humanity somewhere lost in your “pure” soul, and get your thoughts on the subject a little more clear and consistent. Maybe then folks will take your heartless statements more seriously.

Let us rejoice, in the meantime, that they do not.

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