Chicago Sun Times Columnist Thinks Raping Sex Workers isn't Rape

Where to even begin with this monstrous pile of dehumanizing garbage?
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Where to even begin with this monstrous pile of dehumanizing garbage?
Mary Mitchel

(pic: Mary Mitchell of the Chicago Sun Time)

According to Chicago Sun Times columnist Mary Mitchell, rape is only rape if the woman isn't a sex worker. Yes, you read that right - prostitutes aren't actually human beings because they sell their bodies for sex.

29 year old Austin resident Roy Akins has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault when he raped a sex worker at gun point. Apparently he did not have enough money (a reported $180) to pay for her services so violently sexually assaulted her instead.

Mitchell expressed outrage that the crime is being treated as a rape case. She wrote:

Unfortunately, the way this case is being handled makes it look like sex trafficking is a legitimate business.

I’m not one of those women who believe rape victims are at fault because they dressed too provocatively or misled some randy guy into thinking it was his lucky night.

But when you agree to meet a strange man in a strange place for the purpose of having strange sex for money, you are putting yourself at risk for harm.

It’s tough to see this unidentified prostitute as a victim. And because this incident is being charged as a criminal sexual assault — when it’s actually more like theft of services — it minimizes the act of rape.

Where to even begin with this monstrous pile of dehumanizing garbage? Firstly, rape is rape. End of story. If you force someone to have sex with you, it is rape regardless of what profession the victim may be engaging in. Secondly, prosecuting someone for rape doesn't legitimize the sex trafficking business. They are completely unrelated issues. You can be guilty of sex trafficking, but also a victim of rape. One does not cancel out the other. To put it in another way, if Mitchell was violently raped, no one has the right to bring up the fact that she is an appalling human being and hold it against her. Prosecuting her assaulter wouldn't 'legitimize' her crimes against ethical journalism. She can be a rape victim deserving of sympathy and protection under the law, while being guilty of shitty journalism.

Thirdly, not being "one of those women who believe rape victims are at fault because they dressed too provocatively or misled some randy guy into thinking it was his lucky night," is nothing to brag about. Not blaming victims for horrific crimes committed against them is called normal human decency.

Mitchell should learn a bit about it.