Ignorant Columnist Belittles Rape Of Sex Worker To 'Theft Of Services'

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Cierra Bailey
A Chicago Sun-Times columnist is getting serious backlash for writing that prostitutes can't be victims of rape because they subject themselves to it.

Mary Mitchell, a Chicago Sun-Times columnist, is rightfully catching heat for ignorantly describing an alleged rape case as “theft of services” instead of rape just because the victim was a sex worker.

Mitchell claimed that a recent case in which a woman was forced to have sex at gunpoint is “making a mockery of rape victims” because the woman was a prostitute who went to the suspect’s house for the purpose of sex.

The victim went to the home of Chicago man Roy Akins after meeting him online and making an arrangement for Akins to pay $180 for sex but when she arrived she was held at gunpoint and raped.

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Akins was arrested and charged with aggravated criminal assault, which Mitchell argued was unwarranted.

“It’s tough to see this unidentified prostitute as a victim,” Mitchell wrote. “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.”

Mitchell's column also took a direct jab at the victim by shunning her for calling the police after the incident.

“I imagine most prostitutes in this situation would have run straight to a pimp. But after leaving Akins’ home… the unidentified 24-year-old woman called the police.”

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Mitchell went on to make more outrageous claims and insensitive inferences such as the implication that the woman was involved in sex trafficking (which there’s no proof of) and suggesting that she can’t be considered a victim of rape in this case because she put herself in harm’s way.

She further added insult to injury by comparing this case to a previous incident in which a woman was stabbed, beaten and raped by a man who broke into her home after demanding cash.

She said the woman from the older case was a real rape victim because she did nothing to bring on the attack. She calls it an “insult” to put a prostitute in the same category as “real” rape victims.

Mitchell’s column illustrates the exact problem the U.S. needs to combat, blaming the victim for their own attacks rather than placing sole blame on the scum who carry out these crimes.

Furthermore, who died and made her an expert on the definition of rape?

People reserve the right to revoke consent at any time and failure for the other person to comply is, indeed, rape – it doesn’t matter what anyone’s occupation is.

As we all know, columns typically offer the commentary and opinion of the author and Mitchell has every right to express hers, however, the perspective from which she sees this rape case is exactly the judgmental, close-minded, misogynistic mentality that perpetuates rape culture and needs to be eradicated. 

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