Five Teenagers Cleared Of Charges In Confusing And Horrible Brooklyn Rape Case

According to the New York Times, prosecutors are dismissing charges against the five teenagers accused of rape in the January incident that left us all reeling.

The 18-year old woman and her father originally reported that they were attacked with a gun by five teenagers in Brownsville, Brooklyn while walking in a park, but the allegations quickly devolved into a confusing mess of information. Her father’s timeline didn’t add up (nor did the fact that he allegedly ran away from his daughter to look for help while she was being assaulted), cellphone videos showed what looked like a mutual exchange before the woman had sex with at least two of the alleged assailants, and it was unclear whether or not she and her father were drunk at the time of the attack.

The woman and her father have since admitted that they were having sex in the park before their encounter with the five teenagers.

Lawyers for the five men chose to demonstrate their least empathetic response to this whole situation, saying that the boys behavior that night was not reprehensible, and might be “a little bit of a smear on their character.” Thankfully one of the lawyers, Ken Montgomery, pulled his head out of his butt long enough to flesh out that statement and point to the deeper pathological cultural problem we have with sex.

“I think that is a way, from a policy and social standpoint, to say, ‘Young men should exercise a little bit better judgment in dealing with certain things,’ but what they did didn’t rise to criminality,” Mr. Montgomery said. “I would agree, in a sense, that we live in a country and a world where we have a lot of unhealthy ideas of what appropriate sexual relationships are.”

To say the least!

Thankfully, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson  is also considering the emotional health of the woman involved.

“It is my fervent hope that this young woman gets all the support that she needs going forward,” Mr. Thompson said in his statement. “My office, including our victim advocates who have been working with this young woman, stand ready to provide her with any assistance she may need.”