Fantasy = Rape? I don’t think so.

I realize by the time I write this it will have probably already been discussed to great length in the blogosphere, but I want to give my opinion.  For those of you that haven’t heard, a judge in Manchester, England dismissed charges of rape after the woman who claimed to be raped was found to have a group sex fantasy.  You can read the full story here.  According to BBC News,
 The 24-year-old from Liverpool claimed she was raped after visiting one of the men at his home in Bolton, after making contact on the internet.  But the trial at Preston Crown Court collapsed when computer evidence was produced showing her entertaining the prospect of group sex.  Judge Robert Brown ordered the jury to return not guilty verdicts.
So because this woman fantasized about group sex she is automatically not a victim of rape?  How is this logical to anyone, including an experienced judge who should be well aware that sex with multiple partners is not the same thing as rape.  This is another classic example of society associating “inapppropriate” behavior with rape.  Because the woman is not only choosing to have sex outside of a marriage, which alone makes her “unpure,” but also is choosing to have sex with multiple partners, she must not be capable of being raped.  Obviously any sexual encounter she has was invited because of her “promiscuous” ways.
Does that look as ridiculous to you as it does to me?  I hope so.  I don’t have much more to say on this subject, but I did want to call it to everyone’s attention.  If you want to read more about the perspective I provided above and the numerous ways it is hurting young women, read The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti.