Start A Petition

**TAKE ACTION** Tell Defense Attorney That 11-Year Olds Are Never Willing Participants in Sex

Society & Culture  (tags: abuse, activists, americans, children, culture, dishonesty, ethics, family, freedoms, government, law, PETITION, police, politics, safety, society, violence, women )

- 1991 days ago -
For almost half a year, Cleveland, Texas resident Jared Len Cruse, along with 20 of his friends, repeatedly raped an 11-year old girl. Mr. Cruse's defense attorney, Steve Taylor, argued in court that it wasn't rape because the girl said she had-->

Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.


Kit B (276)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 4:48 pm
(photo credit:

Tell Defense Attorney That 11-Year Olds Are Never Willing Participants in Sex

Target: Defense Attorney Steve Taylor

Goal: Make him understand that sex involving a minor is always considered rape.

For almost half a year, Cleveland, Texas resident Jared Len Cruse, along with 20 of his friends, repeatedly raped an 11-year old girl. Mr. Cruse’s defense attorney, Steve Taylor, argued in court that it wasn’t rape because the girl said she had been a “willing participant.” Not only did he make this shocking accusation, but he went on to say the girl was like a spider, luring the men seductively into her parlor. What Steve Taylor doesn’t understand is, no matter what the 11-year old said, rape is always rape when a minor is involved. The girl was not of age, and therefore could not be a consenting adult.

Luckily, there are some sane people involved in the case. The lead investigator, Sergeant Chad Langdon, testified before the court that an 11-year old can never legally consent to sex. Despite Mr. Taylor’s career involving the law, he apparently doesn’t understand this. In addition, another man charged with raping the same girl has already been sentenced to 99 years in prison. So far, it appears Mr. Taylor’s comments won’t do much to sway the jury, and may ultimately end up working against him and his client.

The level of violence committed in the world is shocking, and no more than when children are involved. Please, tell Steve Taylor that his remarks are disgusting and unacceptable. If his reasoning were law, rapists and pedophiles would be able to get away with far more of their crimes. This is a serious matter, and if dialogue like the kind Mr. Taylor used doesn’t go away, children will never be fully protected.

By Matthew Farley

*****Sign petition at VISIT SITE ******

Brad Miller (120)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 5:29 pm
Signed. I would think and hope scumbag lawyer taylor's remarks backfire on him and his client.

JL A (281)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 7:40 pm
Maybe he trained in the military where until recently it wasn't defined as rape if age 12 or more...but NDAA increased that to 16 not long ago (maybe with NDAA in 2011).

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 8:28 pm
OMG! The Lawyer needs to be prosecuted as pimp - what kind of backwoods dumba$$ would believe any one who's Underage CAN consent? It's statutory rape Even If the child "consents"! In Illinois the person has to be 18 (though usually if they're 16 or older they can choose to not prosecute)..maybe Texas treats kids as adults because the adults are so childishly stunted mentally??? Sorry, Kit, but why in the hell are you in Texas???? Sorry, I just can't stomach Texas..though I shouldn't say anything because I'm afraid half the people in Texas were run out of Illinois at some point..;) I guess we're to blame for Utah too...

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 10:03 pm
Already signed Kit Thanks

Susanne R (234)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 12:03 am
Signed and noted! Twenty-one adult males really thought it was okay to have sexual relations with a minor (rape, to be exact)? Sorry, they'd have to find a jury of moon shine-swilling, mouth-breathing, hill dwellers who all share the same last name to buy that story in a court of law. I hope they all rot in prison and this little girl gets the help she needs.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:19 am
Signed, of course. How can this man be in this job?

Ben O (171)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 5:01 am
Done! And, I believe that I signed yesterday as well...

lee e (114)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:35 am
Signed! This pervert is a lawyer? He is as guilty as those he defends!!

Lisa N (206)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:45 am
Signed, thanks Kit!

Kit B (276)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:49 am

Thanks for signing and do please share on Tweeter or Facebook. Let your friends know they too can sign.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 7:19 am
S&N. Too many sick and disgusting slimeballs in this world today!!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 7:35 am
Signed and shared, TU Kit

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 7:44 am

David C (131)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 8:19 am
signed. thanks.

samantha l (0)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 8:24 am
Signed! So disgusting...she's a child. And whether she said she's willing or not, it's still not right.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 8:29 am
Noted with a sick heart and pure disgust for those who perpetrated this horrifying crime. Signed, twittered, fb and google shared. Thanks Kit

Jane Mckenzie (20)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 8:36 am
How ignorant - this kind of 'defense' should result in some kind of punishment from this lawyers legal association/bar? and some reprimand from the court. How is this 11 year old child going to feel when she hears this? she is already going to suffer from this for the rest of her life.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 8:42 am
done. Thank you Kit for sharing... this Sad one

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 8:53 am

Thomas P (280)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 9:19 am
Thanks. Perhaps this attorney was absent the day they taught law at law school. If he'd been there, he might have learned concepts like consent, the ability to form consent, and statutory rape (as well as forcible rape).

Kit B (276)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 9:29 am

This person (Steve Taylor) was hired to get his client freed, no matter the cost to the child involved. Some attorney's have proven themselves to be less than reputable, this one seem to working for an award for that label.

Esther Z (94)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 10:16 am
Noted and signed.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:29 am
already signed, thanks Kit

. (1)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:54 am
signed ... enrage, disgusted & saddened ... as survivor of 7yrs sexual abuse beginning when only 5, can say with *authority* that even when we are coerced into actions that feign willingness, we are are abused minors & our abusers need to be seen as nothing more than that.

Sergio P (65)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:03 pm

Melania Padilla (122)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:32 pm
Signed before, thanks for posting this!!

faith v (16)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:51 pm
When this lawyer is attacked he may change his mind.

Some people have to learn the hard way.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:59 pm
Signed and noted thank you for sharing

Dianna M (16)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:12 pm

Signed, and posted on Facebook.

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:25 pm
REALLY? I can not believe this!

Jacqueline Fonseca (29)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:38 pm
Here and around the world, victims are being blamed! It needs to stop~ signed and noted.....

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:50 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:34 pm
Signed & Noted. Thank you, Kit.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:39 pm
Your signature has been recorded. What little girl of 11 wants 21 grown men all over her. That is their trying to get out of having committed a crime. This poor child is damaged for the rest of her life. They may as well killed her, for she will never ever be the same.

Her self esteem has been destroyed, her childhood robbed from her, she might have disease, she may be physically injured to the point she may not be able to become a Mother, she may never be able to have a normal relationship with a man in future.

They did a crime now they need to do the time.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:27 pm
Noted & posted & signed

Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 5:26 pm
After much consideration, I have come up with ONE bizarre set of circumstances in which a girl who has celebrated no more than 11 birthdays might be able to give legal consent to sex. That would be if she was born on February 29 so that she would actually have lived for 44 years. Outside of that, forget it.

Ann Breeden (65)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 5:35 pm
Willing participant? Are you pulling my chain or what? No CHILD of 11 is going to be a willing participant. My husband's always said that I should have been a hanging judge and in this case that's what I would have done. that's why I didn't become a lawyer because I could never represent such ilk.
There should also be a civil trial to sue each of these individuals to pay for this child's on going counseling.

Gloria H (88)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 5:43 pm
Let's hope this idiot lawyer doesn't have any children. If he does, hope his wife leaves him ASAP and gets a huge alimony/child support ruling. Don't let your kids near this jerk...he sees his client as "innocent", what is going on in his mind when he sees 11 year old girls himself?

pam w (139)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:05 pm
I'm hoping this attorney was forced to handle the case "pro bono."

Otherwise, how can he live with himself?

Kelly B (16)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 7:08 pm
The lawyer sounds like a criminal himself and should be put in an asylum

Marianne B (107)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 9:30 pm
noted and signed petition.Was the girl under threat to herself or her family? To say an 11 year "seduced" them is plain ridiculous.I'm glad the jury didn't believe him and he's in jail now. Does this lawyer have an adolesent daughter? Or any daughters?

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 1:00 am
Signed and noted thanks

Madeleine watt (243)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 3:44 am
This kind of nonsense perpetuates the now out of date thinking that everything related to "sin" in sex is due to women. This began with the story of Adam and Eve and has been an excuse for making women responsible ever since. Women are not capable of making men pregnant virtually every day in a calendar year. Women can be pregnant to term only once every 8 or 9 months. The problem then is not with women. It is clearly with men who deny their adult responsibility to either keep their penises in their pants, get a vasectomy or use a condom. Men have half the recipe for a child which makes any child, wanted or not, half theirs. Calling a woman a slut or calling the sex a one night stand is not a valid excuse. If the sperm is theirs, the child is half theirs. Period.

Karen R (87)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 4:51 am
signed - how stupid can people be?!!

Gillian M (218)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 9:14 am
Already signed. A surprising number of states actually allow paedophilia legally as a judge can rule that it is in the 13 year old girl's best interests to be married.....huh?

Shouldn't she be cheeking her parents and drooling over the latest boy star?

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 11:03 am
Taylor will try anything to get his rapist client off. I'm sure he won't.
Wonder what he'd say if it was his child in the same situation.

Yumana Yunes (197)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 12:33 pm
I remember this case well. Thanks Kit! Signed.

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 1:26 pm

valda p (13)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 2:27 pm
Signed-poor little girl-the men?-low life scum-the lawyer-no morals or conscience.

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 2:57 pm
I know many have condemned the Lawyer, but we all have the right to legal representation. Many Lawyers have to represent the low lifes, murderers, and most likely don't like the crime nor may even detest the individual who did the crime, but we have a rule of law, and they fulfill this part within it. The Lawyer did not commit the crime, but he or she is obligated to give the person their day in court.

Thursday December 6, 2012, 5:08 pm
Jail the ignorant bastards for life. An 11 year old girl was raped. Does no one care about that?

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 5:30 pm
Thanks Kit--extraordinary post. Signed and sent.

Carlene V (202)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 7:28 pm
Signed. Hard to imagine anyone even thinking those thoughts about an 11 yr old child let alone having the nerve to say it.

beatrice d (124)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 10:00 pm
yes, great post and comments.. signed and shared. thank you Kit

Sandra M Z (114)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 10:00 pm
Signed and noted, Thank you Kit.

Eugene C (3)
Friday December 7, 2012, 1:36 am
Unbelievable, and to think that people like this are in places of power!
No wonder our planet is in such a state! Signed and noted.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Friday December 7, 2012, 3:28 am
signed and Amen to this statement
The lead investigator, Sergeant Chad Langdon, testified before the court that an 11-year old can never legally consent to sex.

Gene J (290)
Friday December 7, 2012, 8:53 am
S&N. "What Steve Taylor doesn’t understand is, no matter what the 11-year old said, rape is always rape when a minor is involved. The girl was not of age, and therefore could not be a consenting adult."

I find it absolutely incredible that an attorney, one who actually attended a law school, does NOT know that children cannot consent to virtually ANY adult act, not contracts, not marriage, not bank accounts, and certainly not sex. Statutory rape means there is a STATUTE that prohibits it. This bleeping idiot ought be disbarred for even offering up such a pathetic defense. It is bad enough that the verdict could be overturned for lack of adequate counsel. Maybe that is his plan. Guys like this, and this attorney, I'd be happy to dump into a polar bear enclosure and let them see how well they get along with other beasts of the earth. Prison is too good for scum like this. I'm not a violent man, I don't support the death penalty, but when it comes to crimes against children, against humanity, well, even I can make an exception once in a while. Take them off the playing field permanently. They don't deserve to breath the same air decent people do. Ick, just ick!

penny C (83)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 12:32 pm

Barb K (1688)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 5:17 pm
Poor baby girl! Sure she consented; WRONG!!!! This lawyer sounds like a real JERK to me!! Signed!! Thnx Kit.

Judy C (97)
Monday December 10, 2012, 4:48 pm
A CHILD cannot consent legally to anything. This is disgusting. Signed. Thanks, Kit.

Yvonne F (181)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 9:28 am
Sooooooooooooo signed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Kit
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)

Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story

Loading Noted By...Please Wait


butterfly credits on the news network

  • credits for vetting a newly submitted story
  • credits for vetting any other story
  • credits for leaving a comment
learn more

Most Active Today in Society & Culture

Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of or its affiliates.

New to Care2? Start Here.