The 15-year-old boy—a professed “pansexual”—dressed as a female then raped a female classmate in the girls’ bathroom of Stone Bridge High School.
The details of the assault, and its aftermath, became a linchpin in the recent Virginia gubernatorial campaign, with outrage over treatment of the victim’s father helping drive Republican Glenn Youngkin to victory in the suburbs west of Washington, DC.
But according to the alleged assailant’s mother, his exploration of “sexual identity” was only an attempt to “find himself,” which involved “all kinds of styles,” like wearing a “skirt one day” and “jeans and a T-shirt the next.”
She defended him on the grounds that he is a relatively normal teenage boy.
“He’s a 15-year-old boy that wanted to have sex in the bathroom, with somebody that was willing,” she said before claiming that her son’s deviant behavior was being politicized.
“[T]hey’re twisting this just enough to make it a political hot button issue,” she suggested.
The boy’s mother also claimed that the victim should have fought back harder in response to the rape.
“If I was in a position where I was about to be raped, I would be screaming, kicking, everything,” she said.
“You’re 15. You can reasonably defend yourself,” she continued. “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 OK to keep going.”
The story exploded when the father of the rape victim, Scott Smith, was violently thrown to the ground by police and arrested during a school board meeting after the board denied that the rape of his daughter had even taken place.