Bristol Palin Says That While Her Virginity Was “Stolen,” Levi Johnston Didn’t Rape Her


Bristol Palin was on “Good Morning America” this morning, promoting her memoir, Not Afraid Of Life, and attempted to clarify that while Levi Johnston “stole” her virginity, it wasn’t date rape. She said:

“[Stolen] is what it felt like. I’m not accusing Levi of date rape or rape at all but I am just looking back with my adult eyes that I have now, and just thinking ‘that was a foolish decision.’ I should have never been underage drinking, and I should have never gotten myself into a situation like that.”

In the book, Bristol says that she was drunk on wine coolers when she had sex with Levi for the first time, causing many to question whether or not she was in a position to give consent. Having lost my virginity in a similar way — drunk, not entirely sure what was happening, with someone who I continued to date afterward — I understand the discomfort she might have with characterizing this experience as “date rape.” Still, the language she uses in the interview above leads me to wonder if Bristol is confused about what date rape actually is. After all, “stolen” means to knowingly take something without having permission — is it that she doesn’t think that “stealing” her virginity were Levi’s motives, only the way she felt afterward? I hesitate to label someone else’s experience, but Bristol’s language really only fuels the belief that her first time with Levi Johnston wasn’t consensual. What do you think? [Jezebel]

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