(My comments do not factor in children)
My biggest issue in this case is where she says he did not threaten or force her, but rather he was persistent and perhaps "bugged" her for sex, and she stated that she would eventually "give in" and THAT is not rape.In 2005, 1,181 women were murdered by an intimate partner.1 That's an average of three women every day. Of all the women murdered in the U.S., about one-third were killed by an intimate partner.2
People have said, "it's not easy to leave.' It's not easy to leave any relationship. It's not easy to leave one where people are co-dependent and there is abuse. But it will only stop when you STOP it...by leaving. Unless you're dead.
Reading between the lines of the OP's article, my guess is that Joanna repeatedly made the mistake of giving in to her BF whenever he pressured her into having sex. That obvisously left her feeling ashamed, weak and used. She tried the sexual harrassment angle which the University is required to investigate under Title IX guidelines, but that didn't work out. She then went to the police department and that's where I'm a little confused, especialy reading some of the comments in this thread. Did she actually try to press charges for rape/sexual assault or sexual harrassment/misconduct? Either way, she was told that her case would be "very difficult to prove" which in cop speak pretty much means "zero chance, forget about it".
If she filed rape charges, I must say I agree with most people here. What happened to her was not rape. From what I've been able to find out, according to Texas law, rape is covered by sexual assault laws and none of the many definitions under that umbrella fit what happened to her. If she filed sexual harrassment charges, the cops are right and she probably had next to no case.
The way I understand the poorly worded article, it seems that she was going with sexual harrassment and not sexual assault. If that's the case, I'm not really clear on what her story is doing in an article about campus rape. Hers is not a rape issue at all.
"Yes, but are you a Protestant atheist or a Catholic atheist?".- Northern Irish joke
Poor Espinosa. Isn't ironic how some women on the left have fought for decades for "control over their own bodies", but when it comes down to actually managing that control, people like Espinosa and Sandra Fluke need someone else to step in and actually manage it for them.
Oh, it's moments like this when I would love to hear Judge Judy weigh in.