A Rape Story

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The Miami Herald posted a story about a man accused of raping and torturing his wife to make porn video. Another account, from CNN, is here. It reports:
A man kidnapped his wife, raped and tortured her and then hung her from a tree to film a two-hour bondage porn video, authorities said Tuesday.

The 30-year-old man was charged with aggravated assault and battery, sexual battery, kidnapping and false imprisonment. He was being held in the Brevard County Jail Tuesday on a $3 million bond.

”I don’t know how to even explain it,” said Brevard County sheriff’s Deputy Marlon Buggs. “The attack may not have caused a death or serious injury, but the victim will be mentally scarred.”

The Associated Press does not identify victims of sexual assault. The man was not identified in an effort to safeguard his wife’s identity.

The couple went on a canoe trip down a canal in Brevard County Saturday and pulled ashore near some trees. The man began raping the woman and then got a video camera to tape the act, Buggs said.

He tied her to a nearby tree, where she hung naked for several hours, her toes grazing the ground, Buggs said. …

Corey Rayburn Yung, at the Sex Crimes blog, observed:

An interesting part of this case is that it presents the rare case of a sensational rape story committed by someone known to the victim. As scholars, especially feminist ones, have emphasized for decades, most rapes are not committed by strangers. Yet, media, cultural, and legal attention is often focused on the stranger “lurking in the bushes.” Normally, the rape committed by a person known to the victim lacks the lurid details to garner significant media coverage. This case is the exception that helps prove the rule. It is one of the few rape cases committed by a person with a substantial social connection to the victim that is subject to national media attention.

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