Usually, when I hear about someone getting duped into giving tons of money to a Tarot card reader or a “psychic,” I don’t feel all that bad for them. Yes, they were taken advantage of, but they were also gullible enough to believe in complete nonsense.
This story is far worse than that:
[A 15-year-old girl] told jurors that Hector Ayala, 59, tricked her into having sex with him by convincing her that it would get rid of any bad luck and help her wishes come true, according to The Daily News.
Ayala, who was a family friend, read her Tarot cards when she was 13 and told her he saw misfortune in her future, but he could take care of that by performing oral sex on her.
“I kept thinking, ‘Is this rape? Is this rape?’ ” she testified. “I thought, ‘No, it wouldn’t be, because he cares about me.’ ”
Obviously, Ayala is a monster. He deserves whatever punishment he has coming to him. Whatever I say below is not intended to let him off the hook in any way.
But the girls… should they be let off the hook for being young? Gullible? How much blame do you put on them? They voluntarily did what this man wanted.
The girl in the article thought about it for months before having sex with him, He didn’t force it upon her. Doesn’t she bear some responsibility for this?
They were all young, but not so young to be let off the hook for believing in this junk. You don’t have to be a genius to realize the creepy old man was just trying to get into your pants.
Am I being totally insensitive here?