On Nov. 26, 2014, in Grand Rapids, MI, Abigail Simon (a former tutor at a Catholic high school) was convicted at trial of three counts of “first-degree criminal sexual conduct,” a felony with a maximum sentence of 25-years to life in prison and a mandatory minimum of 8-25 years, for allegedly having sex with a student who she claimed was not only the aggressor in their sexual intrigue but also forced himself on her 3 times; and also the felony of “accosting a minor for immoral purposes” for exchanging hundreds of emails and text messages with her “victim,” a 6’3″, 220 lb. biological man of 15 and football star who initially confessed to authorities and also testified under oath at a pretrial hearing that Abigail’s version of what occurred was true but later recanted and claimed not only that he didn’t force himself on her but also that she was the initiator of their liaison and controlled the action and relationship. She asserted that he “controlled her life” and that she replied to his emails and text-messages to keep him away from her because she didn’t want to have sex with him and was afraid of him for the reasons above.
So what occurred, exactly? Who is telling the truth and who is lying? Only one of them or both to some degree? Only Abigail and her “victim,” nameless and faceless, know the answers, And I’m sure their memories, and interpretations of same, differ.
According to a man who believed her testimony and was thus sympathetic to Abigail, commenting on the internet after her conviction, he recanted and changed his story after being threatened with charges of rape by prosecutors who believed Abigail was “guilty” and wanted to prosecute her not only for “accosting a minor for immoral purposes,” a felony with a maximum-sentence of 4-years in prison and other mandatory punishments, but also “first-degree criminal sexual conduct.”
On Jan. 14, 2015, the judge was “merciful,” imposing the mandatory-minimum sentence of “only” 8-25 years in prison. He conceded that she was not a “predator” who was likely to “re-offend” by having sex with another young man under statutory age much less commit violent and other mala in se crimes, and that her “victim” also knew that their intrigue was “wrong” and was thus “partly responsible,’ even if he didn’t rape her and “control her life” by threats and manipulation. Thus he was not a CSA victimologist, fanatical and dogmatic, at her sentencing. (This would later change, as we’ll see, for whatever reasons.) But he didn’t have the “discretion” to impose a sane and “just” and condign and rational sentence.
Even if he had such discretion, however, he probably would have sentenced her to 4-6 years in prison if not longer rather than “only” 6-12 months in jail or 1-2 years in prison, knowing the hysteria and outrage that such “leniency” would provoke not only in Grand Rapids and Michigan but nationwide: near universal condemnation, publicly and privately, reflexive indignation and rebukes and tirades from CSA victimologists, their votaries and voices in the mass media, and the tens of millions of people they’ve browbeat and/or brainwashed, including politicians, police, and prosecutors. And also MRAs, the misogynist crazies and liars of the soi-disant “men’s movement,” and millions of people, overwhelmingly males of course but more females than one would expect, whom they’ve vitiated and duped to various degrees with their woman-hating vitriol and mendacity. And, of course, a fusillade and torrent of hate-mail and death threats and perhaps even assaults and/or vandalism.
Under the law and to most people, chimerically as opposed to factually, she was so dangerous, such a “threat to society” and all the children of Michigan, that she couldn’t be released on bond but had to be enslaved in jail for almost two months before sentencing. At her sentencing, in a drab unisex denim jumpsuit, with no makeup, her medium-brown hair in a pony-tail with the blonde “highlights” faded, in handcuffs attached to a waist-chain and leg-irons for well over 2-hours, so debilitated and mortified by fear and angst and despair and lack of sleep that she could barely walk or even stand and almost collapsed twice, she appeared to be on the verge of a “nervous breakdown” after “only” 7-weeks in jail.
Imagine her feelings, the excruciating torment, the emotional torture, the gratuitous degradation, the inquisitorial cruelty: shackled like a wild beast or feral male criminal, big and fast and strong and dangerous, for over two hours for no exigent and practical reason, e.g., to prevent her from trying to escape and/or assaulting people,possibly causing serious injuries; and forced to hear the SVU detectives, the prosecutor, various “experts,” CSA victimologists,” the “victim’s” mother, etc., ludicrously describe and vilify her as a monster and degenerate, a “sexual predator,” “child molester,” “child sexual abuser, possibly even a “rapist” and “pedophile”; and the biological man who raped her at age 15 if she’s telling the truth as a whole or essentially, and who enjoyed the sex more than she did even if she’s lying about his being the aggressor who forced himself on her and “controlled her life,” laughably defined and pitied as a “victim” of “rape” and CSA who is “traumatized” and “scarred for life.”
And the “victim’s” mother, vicious in her lust for vengeance, implored the judge to be “severe in his sentencing,” i.e., to impose the maximum sentence of 25-years to life in prison rather than the mandatory-minimum of “only” 8-25 years. To her, apparently, “only” 8-25 years in prison was too lenient for a woman who “used” a “child” for her “perverted desires” in a state and country in which violent male recidivist criminals are repeatedly and systematically coddled. How crestfallen and outraged she must have been when the judge abjured her pleas and sentenced Abigail to “only” 8-25 years in prison and a lifetime of draconian/Orwellian persecution.
8-25 years in prison for a first-offender convicted of a nonviolent and victimless and malum prohibitum felony; 8-25 years in prison for crimes that are legal acts in dozens of other nations, including most European countries; 8-25 years in prison for “crimes” in which the “victim” craves and enjoys the actus reus (i.e., the sex) far more than the woman who “rapes” and/or “molests” him and is often if not usually the aggressor and initiator of his phantasmal and theoretical “victimization”; 8-25 years in prison for transporting a biological man of 15 to sexual paradise in a factually consensual relationship.
And that’s assuming she’s “guilty” and lying about his raping and terrorizing her. If her story is truthful, completely or essentially, then she was sentenced to 8-25 years in prison because her “victim” was not only the aggressor in their sexual intrigue, which is not exculpatory, but also forced himself on her, as with Melissa Bittner and Cassandra Sorenson-Grohall, initially before the liaison, who were raped and/or molested by their definitional “victims.”
8-25 years in prison in a country in which, during the 1990s, the decade in which the U.S. began to “get tough” on violent crime, the average time-served for murder (including non-negligent manslaughter) was less than 6-years and the average time-served for all violent crimes (aggravated assault, rape, robbery, homicide) was approximately 4-years. And these averages are even more execrable, appalling, and outrageous than they first appear, since one can reasonable assume that 80-90% of such felonies were committed by violent recidivists, overwhelmingly males with histories of violence and predation usually beginning at age 13 or 14, and most of whom should have been in prison rather than free to commit their latest violent felonies. And it’s likely that such averages are even lower today after 8-years of rule by Obama and Holder and Lynch and their advisors (including Al Sharpton) and appointees.
And she could have been sentenced to 25-years to life in prison for “crimes” that are legal acts in dozens of other nations, including European countries!