From memory (help pls) when Jehovahs Witness elders report child abuse Judicial Comittee outcomes to the Watchtower they have remit to comment on whether the child victim played some part in the offence.
This despicable question seeks to make the victim a mitigating factor in the sin crime.
Well as of today the UK judicial system has laid down a marker that this 'defence' is inappropriate and will not fly.
What the defence said:
During the trial, Judge Peters had been told by Mr Colover: “The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced. “She appeared to look around 14 or 15 and had the mental age of a 14 or 15-year-old despite being younger than that. “There was sexual activity but it was not of Mr Wilson's doing. You might say it was forced upon him despite being older and stronger than her.”
What the Judge said:
Judge Nigel Peters QC said he had taken into account the fact she looked older than she was and told Wilson: “On these facts (that were put before the court), the girl was predatory and was egging you on. That is no defence when dealing with children but I am prepared to impose a suspension.”
The suspended sentence is under review.