April 15, 1992: Gary Blevins of Florence, Alabama is cleared of sexual offences against a 14 year old girl who claimed to have been violated by him over a period of 2 years. The girl said she had been raped by her stepfather too. The State called a so-called rape counsellor to testify as a supposed expert witness; although Jane Gilbert testified that the girl’s behaviour was typical of sexual abuse victims, she admitted under cross-examination that non-rape victims exhibit similar behaviour. In other words, rape trauma syndrome is a vacuous concept. Wisely, Blevins took the stand in his own defense.
The report below is from page 1C of the TimesDaily (Florence, Alabama), the following day.
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