Outrage as man jailed for raping disabled woman who can only communicate by tapping her index finger is freed

Back in 2008, a 28 year old man in Connecticut was convicted of sexually assaulting a 26 year old woman, and sentenced to 6 years in prison.

This week, the Conn. Supreme Court threw out this man’s conviction because the judges felt that even though she is extremely handicapped, there was no evidence she could not communicate her refusal to have sex with this guy.

In spite of the extreme difficulty that she had while trying to communicate, the court ruled that she could have tried to stop the alleged attack by ‘using various nonverbal methods, including screeching, biting, kicking and scratching’.

Anna Doroghazi, director of public policy and communication at Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services said in a statement “Failing to bite an assailant is not the same thing as consenting to sexual activity.”

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