“The idea that a woman would have to send money to a man who raped her is absolutely off-the-charts ridiculous. It wouldn’t be tolerated, and it shouldn’t be tolerated.”
If you’re a boy, don’t get raped by a woman in Arizona. If you do and your rapist carries the child to term then she can turn around and sue you for child support and under Arizona state law she will get it. From Arizona Central:
While in high school, [Nick] Olivas had sex with a 20-year-old woman. As he sees it now, she took advantage of a lonely kid going through a rough patch at home.
State law says a child younger than 15 cannot consent with an adult under any circumstance, making Olivas a rape victim. But Olivas didn’t press charges and says he didn’t realize at the time that it was even something to consider.
We’ve got all the terms and circumstances right here. “Took advantage” and “lonely kid.” Basically exactly what happens to young girls when they’re taken advantage of by older men.
Then two years ago, the state served him with papers demanding child support. That’s how he found out he had a then-6-year-old daughter.
Six years later his rapist wants money and the state’s charging him unpaid child support going back six years to when he was a minor even though he wasn’t aware his rapist had given birth to their child.
“Anything I do as an adult, I should be responsible for,” he said. “But as a teenager? I don’t think so.”
And this isn’t the first time this has happened, at all. From the article:
The most well-known case was of a Kansas boy who, at age 13, impregnated his 17-year-old baby-sitter. Under Kansas law, a child under the age of 15 is legally unable to consent to sex. The Kansas Supreme Court in 1993 ruled that he was liable for child support.
California issued a similar state court ruling a few years later in the case of a 15-year-old boy who had sex with a 34-year-old neighbor. In that case, the woman had been convicted of statutory rape.
In both cases, it was the state social-services agency that pursued the case after the mother sought public assistance.
This is in no way common but I’m amazed that in today’s climate a child can still be held responsible for actions that were perpetrated upon them. Despite all of that though, Olivas is taking responsibility for the child and plans on paying support and trying to be a father.