Friday, June 23, 2006

OMG

By now you've all heard about the fourteen year old girl who faked her age in her myspace.com profile, met up with a guy in real life and now says he assaulted her.

Yeah that's the story. Yeah, the poor little "victim" who lied about her age and violated the service agreement just to get an account on myspace, the poor little "victim" whose parents apparently don't give a shit what she does on the computer so long as she's not a bother to them, the poor little "victim" who was smart enough to set up a date with a guy she didn't even know and then claims he assaulted her.

If that doesn't beat all, this does...

The nineteen year old alleged rapist has hired a lawyer and HE is suing myspace too. Apparently the perp Pete Solis stated that myspace is liable because that's where he met the young girl and that she had lied about her age on the website, saying she was 15 years old (as if that makes it ok to assault her?) He also said that he had no idea that having sex with a girl that age was illegal.

The perp's lawyer Adam Reposa claims that the rapist is also a victim. He says:

"He's been, in effect, just as much a victim — if not more," says Adam Reposa, the attorney for Solis, who is facing up to 20 years in prison on charges of second degree felony sexual assault. Since the lawsuit against MySpace also names Solis as a defendant, Reposa said he will "cross-file" and also sue MySpace and its owner, News Corporation.

"MySpace wasn't there when they went to Whataburger. MySpace wasn't there when they went to the movie and MySpace wasn't there when they climbed in the backseat," Reposa said. "Meeting on MySpace — if that alone is enough, then we can make the same claim for damages."


It isn't bad enough that this dumbass girl and her parents are suing MySpace because she chose to join MySpace, lie about her age and do something as stupid as meet up with a total stranger, but now the stranger--the guy who assaulted her claims HE is a victim too?

This victim mentality is getting old here. I thought it was bad enough this young girl manipulated this situation to her advantage and now is crying assault and nobody's making her stand up and address her actions, but now we have the man who assaulted her suing too, blaming myspace for his out of control sexual urges and need to control women.

I don't get it.

It is time for a little responsibility here, and on both sides.

If there's a jury of dumbass moronic American citizens out there who are just stupid enough to award a settlement I hope the Judge has something resembling basic common sense and overturns every penny of it.

Time to teach a little something about consequences of one's actions.

I'm just wondering though if this isn't some elaborate hoax designed by both parties for the purpose of extorting big bucks from myspace.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous7/19/2006

    I think Jessica is right on in her perspective.

    When used as intended, online entities such as MySpace contribute to a positive web based community. A shame that a few misusers can cast a sinister shadow..and cap it off by claiming they've been wronged.

    Though in this pendng case, I'm not so convinced that the catylist of this suit is either of the self proclaimed "victim's" desire to profit from awarded damages or settlements. Most of any award would be directed to contingency fees paid to representing counsel. And if not, there is huge free press for lawyers able to convince stoogie clients to appear with them on the national news talk show circuit. A lawyer can't lose.

    Perhaps in this regard, those at the heart of the silly suit get their just rewards in becoming "victims" of the publicity wheel ground out by ambitious attornies. Regardless of found guilt or innocence, try getting a job after that. "Oh, you're that MySpace guy. Sorry, I'm afraid we've filled the position."

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  2. You could essentially take the theory that MySpace is dangerous and apply it to any interactive public site on the internet. Blogger.com could be next. Say I was a fifteen year old girl (which I'm not of course)and I was blogging here about my life and some crazy lunatic guy started commenting on every post and we started a dialogue...what? Are we going to blame BLOGGER.COM? Unbelieveable.

    If I were fifteen years old I wouldn't have a blog, and if I did, my parents would be looking over my shoulder and they would have the username and password in case they needed to get in there and delete something I wrote or delete a comment that was inappropriate.

    When I was fifteen it was 1983 and we didnt' have computers so we didn't have to worry.

    Communication between parents and kids really helps. Kids who go online secretly do so because they have something to hide from their parents or because they don't feel like they can be "themselves" in front of their parents. If parents talked to their kid more, were more active in their lives, took a real participatory role, things would be different, so different.

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