This Rapist Admitted His Crimes, But ‘Christian’ Rape Shamers Still Blame Victim


Residents of a Missouri town are busy blaming a rape victim for her rape, even though her rapist admitted to his crimes, which started before she was five years old, and continued into her teen years. Darren Paden, a war vet and church deacon, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after actually admitting to the crimes, but, according to The Raw Story, people in the town have turned their backs on the victim because they don’t believe her.

This is possibly one of the worst cases of victim-blaming and shaming ever, and it’s torn apart the town of Dearborn, in Platte County, which has a population of under 500. One of the more “Christian” members of the community, Gene Blankenship, had the gall to say the following:

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Only God, Darren and (the victim) know what truly happened. I feel Darren may have admitted to things he did not do after hours of interrogation and all the pressure to admit guilt.

So, what, because only those two people, plus the imaginary sky being, really know what happened, Mr. Paden should not face punishment? The girl should be punished instead? Why on earth do people like Blankenship believe that someone would lie about a decade of abuse?

Here’s the thing: Paden is supposedly a pillar of the community, so he couldn’t possibly have raped a little girl 200 to 300 times. Community pillars simply don’t do that kind of thing. Obviously, you can tell the rapists from the good people because rapists are always bad people in every aspect of their lives.

PLEASE.

According to The Kansas City Star, the victim can’t even rent a house in her town, because people think of her as someone who ruined a man’s life, rather than a victim of a horrific crime. A woman she spoke to about a house for rent asked her to repeat her name, and then literally said this:

I don’t want to rent to you.

Other people, who used to talk to her, just avoid her. Many of them won’t even look at her. And for what? This appears to be a deeply Christian community, and yet, the people who seem to be the most “Christian” are the ones who refuse to show any of the compassion that Jesus would have shown for the victim. They just see her as another one of those “vindictive bitches” that was out to ruin this poor man’s life.

The worst part is that Paden admitted to his crimes, and they’d rather think he was coerced into that than believe a woman. The prosecutor is astounded and dismayed by the lack of support for her, saying, according to the Star:

There are certainly a few good people in the community who have offered their support to this young victim. It is shocking, however, that many continue to support a defendant whose guilt was never truly in doubt. If it takes a village to raise a child, what is a child to do when the village turns its back and supports a confessed child molester? [emphasis mine]

One question the victim asked, which we also have to ask, is how would these people feel if it was a “good man” who molested their child? Sister? Brother? If it was someone they loved who was cutting themselves, and suicidal, through high school because of what was happening to them? Chances are that they would be a lot less forgiving no matter how much a “pillar of the community” the rapist was.

The church is so biased against women that a woman coming forward about something like this is viewed with suspicion at best. This spills over into our society in general, where rape victims often don’t report the crime for fear of this very thing. That’s bad enough, but to see a lack of compassion on this scale from the pious, and Christian, members of a community, is sickening.


Featured image via the Platte County Sheriff’s Office

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