On Sunday 13 November, the Local section of the Denver Post reported at least one rape. The local news columnist, bleeding heart, and illegal immigrant spokesperson Nancy Griego had a column titled Children’s Hospital Colorado program gives young moms the start they deserve. The second paragraph reports:
A girl, 27 weeks pregnant, came in for her checkup last week. Her mother, grateful for this program, was there to support her. “Did I want this for my child? No. She’s 14.”
A few years ago I served on a jury where a man in his early 20’s was being tried for a variety of crimes. He would cruise the local high schools and give free drugs to young girls who would skip school and go off with him. One of the things he would also do is have sex with them.
It was explained to the jury that in the state of Colorado no one younger than 15 can give consent for sex. Let’s repeat that. No one 14 years of age or younger – regardless of what they say they agreed to or not – can give consent for sex. And therefore, anyone who has sex with someone 14 years of age or younger is committing rape – regardless of whether the young person says they agreed or not.
Now, go back and read that paragraph. This is reporting at a young girl–who might have been 13 years old at the time–has had sex. This means that the “father” of this baby is actually a rapist according to the State of Colorado. The state has determined that someone that young cannot understand the implications of sex to a degree that would allow them to give any kind of informed consent.
So now my question is – has anyone reported this rape to the police? to the District Attorney? to anyone?
We are – rightly – outraged at the neglect of abuse that went on at Penn State. Many people have lost their jobs and others are being charged with crimes for not forthrightly reporting rape and abuse to the authorities. So do we have the same situation here in Aurora?
The article explains that they actually ask the “young mothers” about rape and abuse:
At least 30 percent of these young mothers have experienced trauma, usually physical or emotional abuse, Scott says.
“And I think that’s very conservative,” Bethany Ashby, the CAMP psychologist, tells me later. “I see lots and lots of sexual abuse and lots of early rape, rape starting at age 6 and 7.”
I just called the hospital and spoke to their media relations person (14 November 12:00 MST). I asked if the rape and abuse that was clearly documented in this article was being reported to the police or district attorney and was told “I don’t know”. They have promised to get back to me.
I also called the Post and asked Griego to call me regarding my questions on the reported abuse.