Karma’s a bitch, scared rapist edition

On 20 July, Richard Thomas broke into a woman’s house and raped her while she slept.  (She woke up halfway through the incident.)  He was high on a cornucopia of drugs during the crime, but was sentenced to five years in prison.  The woman is HIV-positive, and there is a chance that the rapist caught the disease from her.

Every woman who is raped lives in fear that the horrific crime is not over: she may be pregnant or have gotten a deadly (or incurable) disease.

[Thoma’s’ barrister] Miss Hayton told the court that Thomas will not find out the result of his HIV test until Friday and has had the worry of the outcome hanging over him.

While I don’t wish bad things on people, I don’t feel sorry for this guy – or for any rapist who reads this article and wonders if he could have contracted HIV from raping a woman.  I also find it to be a valuable object lesson for men, who cannot get pregnant and who can use sex as a weapon: your crimes can cause really bad things to happen to you.

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