First Sexually Assaulted, Now Forced to Pay Alimony To Ex

Virginia Republican Dick Black says he doesn’t see how anyone can prosecute a husband who sexually assaults his wife.† But in California, Crystal Harris managed to do just that.† Her husband is serving time for forcing her to have oral sex with him against her will — an act she caught on tape, leading to his conviction.

But once he gets out of jail, she’ll have to pay.† Literally.† The courts are ordering her to pay alimony to her now ex-husband.† According to 10News, San Diego: “Crystal Harris was the breadwinner, earning a six-figure salary, while Shawn Harris was unemployed. Vista Judge Gregory Pollock oversaw the Harris’ divorce and was perfectly within California law when he ordered Crystal to pay Shawn $1,000 a month once he was released from prison.’I can’t look at a 12-year marriage where one side is making $400 a month, the other side is making over $11,000 and say no spousal support,’ Pollock said in court. ‘That would be an abuse of discretion.’”

Forcing a rape victim to pay her attacker, and monthly?† Somehow, that isn’t an “abuse?”

As Jezebel writes, it’s likely the scenario hasn’t come up often or been challenged before just because of the assumptions that go along with men and women. “Stereotype might dictate that breadwinners are more likely to be rapists, but neither making money nor committing sexual assault are exclusively male acts. And no one who’s been raped, male or female, should have to pay their attacker.”

But until the law is changed, Harris will be forced to relive the assault over and over as she writes a check to the man who abused her. “It makes me feel victimized all over again that I should have to pay a dime to this man who has turned my life upside down.”


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A Marina Fournier

I believe that allowing him to be paid alimony is allowing a criminal to profit from his crime.

As a Californian outraged by this judgement, I have written my St. Senator and St. Assembly rep, to make them aware of this situation, and to overturn whatever laws and regulations allow this judgement to be possible.

Christina B.
Christina B6 years ago

Can't she appeal?

No law should be above common sense.

Mark Stevenson
Mark S6 years ago

Criminals deserve no alimony. Period.

Lyndsay G.
Lyndsay G.6 years ago

To: WILLIAM, the First Amendment gives Phil ther right to make an ASS of himself. He is certainly availing himself of it! the 1st Amendment also gives me the right to say YOU are RIGHT,

William Y.
William Y6 years ago

@ Phil S. No one, whether male of female, should be forced to pay his/her attacker anything.
That is adding insult to injury.

Phil Smith
Phil Smith6 years ago

It makes no sense to attack the judge.. They don't make the laws.. Their job is to set the penalities according to the set laws.. And as high as the amount seems ~ .10 on the dollar is very low compared to 40-60% ,, had the genders been reversed..
... Be careful of the things you petition against.. You just might get it ,, AND the law has to guarantee equal justice..

Lyndsay G.
Lyndsay G.6 years ago

This so-called "Judge" needs to be removed from the bench. This is Judicial Misconduct pur & simple.

Each State has a Board that investigates judicial misconduct. It is usually managed/sponsored by the Supreme Court of a particular State. Can usually be found listed as "Judiciary Commission", The State BAR Association can tell you how to find it.

Everyone needs to send emails and hard copy letters to the Commission that over-sees this parasite.If enough people complain, something might be done to "His Honor" out of "shame".

Lyndsay G.
Lyndsay G.6 years ago

"Liberty and Justice for All" Dog Dung! The only Justice you get in this "Country" is what you can AFFORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Remove the judge & vacate the judgement. As far as the ex "husband", propriety precludes me discussing what I really feel!

By the way, I'm a man whose wife had a similar experience!

Real men PROTECT women, or am I just displaced in time?

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

Uh, NO. This judgment must be challenged and overturned -- this is just too ridiculous.

Iva L.
Iva R6 years ago

They are no longer married because the man abused her physically and emotionally. That should negate any 'debt' she had to him.