The father of a California teenager who allegedly committed sexual assault is facing national criticism for making comments which sought to justify his son’s behavior, New York Magazine’s The Cut reported.
A freshman high school football player at De La Salle High School, a private all-boys Catholic school in Concord, is reported to have sexually assaulted a teenage girl who attends the all-girls school across the street. The incident happened during a football game in November. Part of the assault was caught on surveillance camera.
According to nonprofit RAINN, 8 percent of sexual assaults occur at school.
While a teenager committing sexual assault may not be surprising, what is unnerving about the whole situation is the way in which the teenage boy’s father is handling the accusations. The teen’s father happens to be a convicted sex criminal with a history of molesting a 14-year-old.
The freshman’s father essentially told the East Bay Times that his son was innocent because he is attractive. He also accused the alleged rape victim of being “fast.”
“He’s tall, dark, and handsome, he plays for De La Salle, there’s a lot of girls that want to be with my son. When young, fast girls see something they like, they go after it… She’s the one that basically chased my son down. They were just two teenagers having sex; they were just doing it at the wrong place, at the wrong time,” he said.
One of the few positive things about the incident is that the alleged victim appears to be rather outspoken and up front about what has happened to her, which is typically unusual — even in this day and age. She told local TV station KPIX 5 that, “Boys need to know that no means no, period. Point blank.”
“It’s not OK for this to happen to anyone and it’s not OK for people, like society to feel like the person that’s been hurt, that they’ve done something wrong to feel ashamed about the situation,” she said.
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