Author Topic: Church Leader is Convicted for Decade of Rape, His Community Blames the Victim  (Read 1733 times)

Back to Steven Weinberg's "But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."

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Darren Paden was sentenced to 50 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty in August to two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy — but friends, family members, church elders and community leaders begged a judge to go easy on him.
Prosecutors said the 52-year-old Paden sexually abused the girl up to 300 times over a decade, beginning before she was 5 years old. His 28-year-old son, Anthony Paden, was also charged with sex abuse, although his case remains pending.
But community members have turned their backs on the girl, who is now 18 years old and testified against her abuser in court, and rallied around Paden.


http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/11/04/after-church-leader-is-convicted-for-decade-of-rape-his-community-blames-the-victim/

Offline SGOS

Not surprising they blame the victim.  It's a common dynamic.  Still fucked up, but common.

Offline Mermaid

Happens more often than not. Do you think it would happen if the victim was a boy?
We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.

John F. Kennedy

Offline Baruch

Happens more often than not. Do you think it would happen if the victim was a boy?

Perhaps not.  We have double standards for gay pedophilia.  But the name of the offense is wrong ... sodomy is an incorrect name for an offense, pedophilia was the offense, regardless of how he penetrated her.
Ha’át’íísh baa naniná?
Azee’ ła’ish nanídį́į́h?
Táadoo ánít’iní.
What are you doing?
Are you taking any medications?
Don't do that.

Offline T7ven

I guess some priests haven't evolved over the past 1,700 years.
People say they entirely follow the Bible, which is impossible because of the amount of contradictions. But if they put an effort into doing so, they probably have a bad criminal record.

Offline Baruch

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

For each generation, it is as if no people existed before themselves.  To them, the old is new ... until they get older.
Ha’át’íísh baa naniná?
Azee’ ła’ish nanídį́į́h?
Táadoo ánít’iní.
What are you doing?
Are you taking any medications?
Don't do that.