In a graphic and detailed defense of her son, the mother of the 15-year-old Loudoun County, Virginia teenager who sexually assaulted a classmate said the girl should have been able to defend herself and that the whole thing was a big misunderstanding that she chalked up to “hormones.”
The unnamed mother told The Daily Mail that raising her “challenging child” has been “15 years of hell” as she described a very messy, emotionally fraught family situation involving his parents’ divorce, a history of sexual activity beginning when he was 13, years of therapy, and two other alleged incidents of sexual harassment and abuse.
Although she insisted that her son is heterosexual and was simply wearing a skirt on the day that he raped his unnamed victim because he was experimenting with an “androgynous” style, it has been widely reported that the teen identified as gender fluid and “transsexual.”
His gender identity was not discussed during his hearing, however, when a judge determined that the evidence was conclusive he sexually assaulted the teen girl when the two met in the girls’ bathroom, where they had previously had consensual sexual encounters.
The assailant’s mother believes that her son simply mistakenly anally penetrated the girl and did not believe he was hurting her.
The victim, for her part, says that when she told the boy she didn’t want to have sex, he threw her on the ground and raped her.
“If I was in a position where I was about to be raped, I would be screaming, kicking, everything,” the indignant mother told the British outlet. “You’re 15. You can reasonably defend yourself. You’re not just going to sit there and take it. And so, because there wasn’t a presence of a fight, he felt it was okay to keep going.”
The girl reported the incident later in the day, at which point each of the students’ parents were called to the school.
The boy’s mother heard her son’s side of the story and believes him and says that the confusion over his gender identity has been blown out of proportion. Interestingly, she told The Daily Mail that school administrators didn’t know he identified as male, but she was insistent that he did and that his gender expression, save for the occasional odd outfit, was clear.
“He would wear a skirt one day and then the next day, he would wear jeans and a t-shirt, a Polo or hoodie,” she said. “He was trying to find himself and that involved all kinds of styles. I believe he was doing it because it gave him attention he desperately needed and sought.”
After the boy spent several weeks in juvenile detention over the summer, he was transferred to Broad Run High School in Leesburg, where he is now accused of shoving a girl into a classroom and groping her.
His mother, meanwhile, doesn’t know what to make of this incident.
“I didn’t hear my son’s side of it because he was being hauled into JDC before I could talk to him,” she said.
She is, all the same, indignant about the attention that the case has gotten, after the victim’s father, Scott Smith, who was arrested at a Loudoun County School Board meeting after the district superintendent claimed that there had been no incidents of sexual assault involving transgender students in the county’s schools, revealed the source of his indignation — his daughter’s assault.
At the end of the day, she doesn’t seem to think that her son has done anything wrong.
“What is the end game on this?” she asked. “My son’s going to be going on the sexual registry and be committed to Meghan’s Law for the rest of his life because he had 15-year-old hormones.”
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