Yet another father defends his son accused of rape, blaming “fast girls”

Here’s something that will make you throw up in your mouth a little bit. The father of an accused rapist defended his son, because his son is so good looking and athletic. Yeah, really. On Nov. 18, a 15-year-old girl accused a male student from De La Salle High School in Concord, California of assaulting her after a football game. The boy was released last week from juvenile hall and prosecutors were accused of not charging him immediately to protect the high school’s football program. So, the case was already contentious.

Then, the boy’s father went ahead and spoke to the media. He told The East Bay Times of his son, “He’s tall, dark and handsome, he plays for De La Salle, there’s a lot of girls that want to be with my son. When young, fast girls see something they like, they go after it.”

Yes, fast girls is what he called the accuser and apparently others. He also wrote the alleged assault off, even though it was caught on camera. The father, whose name hasn’t been released along with his son’s, said, it was “just two teenagers having sex … at the wrong place, at the wrong time.” He alleges the sex was consensual, basically because his son is too good looking. Sort of like how some women are too ugly to be raped.

The 15-year-old girl is a student at Carondelet High School and went to the all-boys Catholic school’s football game with friends. Allegedly, she and her friends had been receiving explicit messages from the boy all the night and the girls wanted to confront him about them. When the alleged victim went to do that, though, she was alone. The father of the boy says the girl “chased him down.”

The investigation began Nov. 21 (three days after the alleged assault), after the boy allegedly bragged about it at school. The girl’s father claims that his daughter is dealing with rumors and harassment from students at both her and the boy’s school. So basically, nothing out of the normal when it comes to sexual assault. The father’s claims that it was the girl chasing after the boy is pretty much the same kind of defense that Brock Turner’s father gave for his son — citing the boys’ bright futures and athleticism, and blaming the girls.

By the way, the boy’s father is a registered sex offender for molesting a girl under the age of 14. “He’s hurt right now, he feels like he lost everything. My son’s been through a rough life; he didn’t have me, his father. I was in prison,” The East Bay Times said. Which is sort of interesting — does he think it’s the “fast” girl and his son’s uber-attractiveness to blame? Or is the boy to blame because he didn’t have a good father figure? The least these men could do when victim blaming is get their story straight.

Rape culture is real and sometimes it can be tricky to explain. But these dads do us all a service by illustrating how it works so openly.