On Rape

“The twittermob has been circulating numerous untruths, among them that Steven Sitler is a child rapist.” Douglas Wilson1

Pastor Douglas Wilson of Christ Church, Moscow, states that Steven Sitler is not a child rapist. He calls this an “untruth.” He offers no evidence to support his assertion. He just claims it. And since Team Truth has stated that Steven Sitler is a child rapist, it behooves us to clarify the record.

Three years ago, on September 26, 2012, Mr. Wilson provided the following definition of rape:

Okay. I would define rape as having any kind of sexual relationship with someone apart from or against her or his consent. (“A Tall Tree and a Short Rope”)

Mr. Wilson’s definition is true. It is much broader than Idaho’s definition, but it’s accurate from a biblical point of view. The state of Idaho defines rape thus:

18-6101. Rape defined. Rape is defined as the penetration, however slight, of the oral, anal or vaginal opening with the perpetrator’s penis accomplished with a female under any one (1) of the following circumstances:

(1) Where the female is under the age of sixteen (16) years and the perpetrator is eighteen (18) years of age or older.
(2) Where the female is sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) years of age and the perpetrator is three (3) years or more older than the female.
(3) Where she is incapable, through any unsoundness of mind, due to any cause including, but not limited to, mental illness, mental disability or developmental disability, whether temporary or permanent, of giving legal consent. . . .2

Public Records
The public record of Steven Sitler’s criminal file contains several instances of child rape, as defined by Doug Wilson and Idaho code. For example, the following quotation notes two different children whom Steven Sitler raped on more than one occasion:

Steven confessed that he also approached [the victim] when she was asleep and rubbed his bare privates on her bare privates. He mentioned using Vaseline. He said that she is still a virgin. This did wake her up. (I think he committed this act a couple of times, but I’m not sure about the number). . . Steven additionally confessed that he had twice (I think) asked [the victim] (who is 3) to come to a bathroom with him at night; there he put his privates between her legs. I specifically asked Steven if he had touched [the victim’s] privates; he confessed yes he had. (Written Statement by the Victim Father for Latah County Sheriff’s Office, page 4)

This quotation documents Sitler’s rape of a two-year-old girl:

Steven has admitted to several incidents of sexual perversion. We personally only know of the full details of his molestation of our daughter [victim’s name]. When she was only two years old, Steven offered to take her downstairs and watch her while the adults were talking upstairs. At that time he forced her to kiss his erect penis. . . . (Victim’s Parents: “The Honorable Judge Stegner”)

The testimony of three witnesses in the public record contradicts Pastor Doug Wilson of Christ Church, Moscow. One witness is a member in good standing of the Kirk, who testified that Sitler raped two of his children multiple times; the other two witnesses are the heartbroken parents of a two-year-old girl whom Sitler raped. And if Mr. Wilson believes the public record, then we may argue that he testifies against himself: Steven Sitler is a child rapist.


1 The entire quote in context: “The twittermob has been circulating numerous untruths, among them that Steven Sitler is a child rapist. He was actually convicted of one count of Lewd Conduct with a Minor under 16 years of age (Idaho Code 18-1508). He has also been accused of raping and/or molesting his son, which no knowledgeable person is even alleging. If the consensus of the mob gets its way, then some court will try to make Katie Sitler choose between her husband and her son. They don’t even know that this is what they are yelling for — that’s one of the lies.” He has since walked back this line: “convicted of one count of Lewd Conduct with a Minor under 16 years of age.” (See “The Only Kind of Gospel There Is”)

2 . . . . (4) Where she resists but her resistance is overcome by force or violence.
(5) Where she is prevented from resistance by the infliction, attempted infliction, or threatened infliction of bodily harm, accompanied by apparent power of execution; or is unable to resist due to any intoxicating, narcotic, or anaesthetic substance.
(6) Where she is at the time unconscious of the nature of the act. As used in this section, “unconscious of the nature of the act” means incapable of resisting because the victim meets one (1) of the following conditions:
(a) Was unconscious or asleep;
(b) Was not aware, knowing, perceiving, or cognizant that the act occurred.
(7) Where she submits under the belief that the person committing the act is her husband, and the belief is induced by artifice, pretense or concealment practiced by the accused, with intent to induce such belief.
(8) Where she submits under the belief that the person committing the act is someone other than the accused, and the belief is induced by artifice, pretense or concealment practiced by the accused, with the intent to induce such belief.
(9) Where she submits under the belief, instilled by the actor, that if she does not submit, the actor will cause physical harm to some person in the future; or cause damage to property; or engage in other conduct constituting a crime; or accuse any person of a crime or cause criminal charges to be instituted against her; or expose a secret or publicize an asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt or ridicule.
The provisions of subsections (1) and (2) of this section shall not affect the age requirements in any other provision of law, unless otherwise provided in any such law. Further, for the purposes of subsection (2) of this section, in determining whether the perpetrator is three (3) years or more older than the female, the difference in age shall be measured from the date of birth of the perpetrator to the date of birth of the female. (Idaho Statute 18-6101)

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