I just watched a new clip (which I assume will come up here later) about the Rutherford County School Board president who at a school board meeting tonight, for some reason, felt compelled to announce that, after viewing the rape of a girl caught on a school bus camera, that he was disappointed in the gossip because, though it was clearly a rape, it wasn’t a rape. In other words, the dude forced his hand inside her as she begged for someone to stop him, but he didn’t force his penis inside her so… well, you know.
I’ve got nothing.
But Byrnes said, “There were a couple times where she did say no or stop. The rest is up to interpretation.”
And according to Byrnes’ interpretation he said, “Nothing I could see indicated a sexual assault was taking place.”
But police detective Wayne Lawson says after watching the video, it was clear that an assault had occurred.
That’s what led to the rape and sexual battery charges police filed against Riverdale senior Brandon Stover.
Even the Rutherford County school spokesperson told the media he saw the girl ask for help.
That’s right, girls and boys, you can say “no” and “stop” and ask for help and somehow that doesn’t constitute a sexual assault, even though having someone jam his hand into your vagina counts as rape under the law. I don’t know who gave Dr. Byrnes his PhD but they ought to revoke it.
Edited again to add some more: Elizabeth Ulrich, over at Pith, is also all over this. Because there’s nothing more heartwarming than a bunch of powerful men sitting around watching video of something unpleasant happening to a 14 year old girl and then passing judgment in public about whether they think it was traumatic enough to count as rape.
Edited one more time to link to the WSMV story: Here’s the link to the WSMV video.