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Kit
- 635 days ago - forcechange.com
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-->



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Kit B. (276)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 4:48 pm
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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.
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By Matthew Farley

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Naoko I. (262)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 5:21 pm
Noted, the petition signed and will share on FB. Dumbfounded and disgusted as well.
 

Judith Green (8)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 5:23 pm
Noted and signed.
 

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.
 

Vicky P. (463)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 6:03 pm
noted and signed
 

JL A. (275)
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 (231)
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...
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 8:50 pm

Yvonne, if I had any way to defend this would I have the petition up? It is indefensible, and I don't care how back woods or growth stunted these jerks are, they really belong in prison for life. The legal age of consent in Texas is 17, and no parent can release a child from that, therefore this attorney is attempting to shift blame from those persons of legal age to only one that can not give consent.

This is more inflamed with all the empty talk about rape responsibility by some totally worthless and highly capricious election gambits by would be Senators.
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 10:00 pm
Happily signed. Surely....SURELY there really ARE intelligent people working this case and these infants in men's bodies will receive the punishment they deserve.

Surely.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 10:03 pm
Already signed Kit Thanks
 

Michael Carney (209)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 10:55 pm
Noted, and signed...It's guys like Steve Taylor, who give the Lawyers a bad name...This guy is a slug...
 

Susanne R. (249)
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.
 

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

Ben Oscarsito (335)
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 Neste (696)
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 (189)
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 (48)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 7:44 am
S+N
 

Dave C. (214)
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 Noforwardsplz (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.
 

Birgitta S. (231)
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
done
 

Thomas P. (468)
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. (101)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 10:16 am
Noted and signed.
 

Shawna S. (43)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 10:58 am
A lawyer with no idea of the laws... sounds like a case for disbarment here. He must be a real sicko if he doesn't see the problems with this case.
 

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

. (0)
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 Padilla (62)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:03 pm
Done!!
 

Melania Padilla (178)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:32 pm
Signed before, thanks for posting this!!
 

faith v. (13)
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 (127)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:59 pm
Signed and noted thank you for sharing
 

Dianna M. (13)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:12 pm
STOP BLAMING THE VICTIMS, YOU MISOGYNISTIC TROGLODYTES.

Signed, and posted on Facebook.
 

Michela m. (3904)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:22 pm
S&N
 

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 (28)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:50 pm
Signed.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:34 pm
Signed & Noted. Thank you, Kit.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
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.
 

Michael M. (5)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 5:27 pm
Glad I do not live in a backwards and ignorant state like Texas

But I am surprised these idiots take this stand since the rapist would simply be another body on death row they will execute in a few years... You know, in their vain attempt to make themselves look they are tough on crime and all that BS.
 

Ros G. (90)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 5:29 pm
Signed Thanks Kit - How can anyone defend this?
 

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. (191)
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 Boyle (16)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 7:08 pm
The lawyer sounds like a criminal himself and should be put in an asylum
 

Marianne B. (113)
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?
 

Jhn Wzt (3)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:35 pm
sheesh wonder ow much the lawyer got paid silliest xcuse ive ever heard an adult seduced by an 11 years old?
yeah right tell me another fairytale.
tht lawyer needs to get his fact straight but i guess the thought of sweet $$$ clouded his mind mebbe one shuld check up on him sounds to me like hes sympathizing w the perps
 

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

Madeleine watt (256)
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?!!
 

Ge M. (217)
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.
 

Vincenzo Correale (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
Signed
 

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.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
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.
 

(8)
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. (203)
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 (371)
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 Jacobson (251)
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. (79)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 12:32 pm
Done.
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1646)
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. (106)
Monday December 10, 2012, 4:48 pm
A CHILD cannot consent legally to anything. This is disgusting. Signed. Thanks, Kit.
 

Yvonne F. (170)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 9:28 am
Sooooooooooooo signed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Kit
 
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