Oklahoma Court Says Oral Sex isn’t Rape if the Victim is Unconscious

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In what reality is Oklahoma living in? A disturbing and dangerous ruling from an Oklahoma court declared that it doesn’t violate state law if oral sex is performed on a victim who is completely unconscious.

Can we even believe that this is up for debate? A unanimous ruling by the state’s criminal appeals court agreed that a 17-year-old was not at fault when performing oral sex on a 16-year-old girl who had a blood alcohol level of over .30.

According to the Guardian:

“Forcible sodomy cannot occur where a victim is so intoxicated as to be completely unconscious at the time of the sexual act of oral copulation,” the decision read. Its reasoning, the court said, was that the statute listed several circumstances that constitute force, and yet was silent on incapacitation due to the victim drinking alcohol. “We will not, in order to justify prosecution of a person for an offense, enlarge a statute beyond the fair meaning of its language.”

This ruling is the perfect example of how misunderstood rape is in our culture. This legalized victim blaming is a testament to our country’s rape culture, but should be a wakeup call that we’re not protected our youth, especially young girls.

Find out what others have to say over at The Guardian. 

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