Dad Takes 14-Year-Old Daughter to Marry Her Rapist & Somehow Gets Off Easy

Child bride, Idaho

In the latest line of sick news, an Idaho dad arranged for his 14-year-old daughter to marry the 24-year-old man -- a family "friend" -- who raped and impregnated her. They drove to Missouri, where 14-year-olds can apparently marry with parental consent, for the two to wed. And the teenage girl -- whose pregnancy reportedly resulted in a miscarriage -- was left to co-habit with her rapist. The girl's mother eventually filed for an annulment when they returned home to Idaho. While the case seems pretty cut and dry, the outcome has been more bulls*t than anything. 

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In April, the man, now 25, was sentenced to only 15 years with eligibility for parole in three years -- after pleading guilty to rape.

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More recently, the girl's sicko father was softly condemned to 120 days behind bars and three years probation after pleading guilty to one charge of felonious injury of a child  -- a sentence that District Judge Greg Moeller ordained, as if it was some kind of actual justice for that young girl.

Confident in his sentencing, the judge ruled: "While you spend those 120 day in jail, perhaps you will think about the 120 days your daughter was in a vile farce of a marriage to a rapist." 

Yeah, because that's obviously the price you pay for being an accessory to rape. 

According to the stepmother's testimony, the victim told them during a family meeting that the two wanted to get married so that they wouldn't have to split custody. The rapist, of course, allegedly said they were in love.

So if I'm to understand correctly, we should now trust that children are capable of making adult decisions with full knowledge and wisdom? She couldn't have possibly felt pressured by the "family meeting" where her father made his beliefs known -- his belief that you should get married if you become pregnant. 

But, if any of that were actually true, then there wouldn't be any statutory rape laws in place to protect underage victims. However, I imagine that if we were talking about a murder, or even robbery, the sentencing might be a bit more than a slap on the hand -- not rape, though. 

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Constantly I try to hold on to hope that our justice system will change, that we will work the kinks out of the system. But that day hasn't come yet, and as a result, you're able to see the timeless attitude toward women that society holds -- the careless attitude unjustly directed at us.

And so, forgive me if I just don't have faith in a justice system that is okay protecting the very people that hurt us -- based on some sick prejudice held against women and the crimes committed against us. 

There is no justice for this girl, only for the predatory men in her life -- they're the only ones to truly prevail, and that alone is a sad fact.
 

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