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Rape Victim Ordered to Pay Her Attacker Alimony and Attorney’s Fees

Justice is sometimes a fine line.  Here, there is no fine line as clearly there is something rotten.  I heard an interview by this woman, Crystal Harris, on the John and Ken show on KFI am 640 in Los Angeles several weeks ago.  The New York Post is reporting on it, now.  The story is just as sick now as it was then.

Crystal and Shawn Harris had been married for 12 years until he attacked and raped her in 2008 and she finally left him.

Crystal Harris met her future spouse in 1993 while working part-time at a Tex-Mex restaurant in Carlsbad. She had just finished a finance degree at California Polytechnic State University and was starting to get offers from brokerage firms. He was a math major and baseball player at Christ College in Irvine. They married in 1996.

“Shawn had been a powerful pitcher and athlete, and his size and strength intimidated people,” Crystal said.

Two years into their marriage, Shawn struck her for the first time. “We were having an argument in the car and he backhanded me,” she said.

In 2002, Crystal Harris gave birth to the couple’s first son. “I made more money than him, so he was the one who quit work to stay at home,” she said. “And Shawn didn’t deal with it well.”

The police were called to the Harris home numerous times between 2003 and 2007.

“I called 911 every time he hit me and I threatened divorce a lot,” she recalled. “But really, when our second son was born in 2005, I knew I was stuck.”

A few weeks before the 2008 attack, “he told me he would kill me if I ever called the police again . . . I ordered a gun.”

A couple of days before the firearm was delivered, she said, a suddenly raging Shawn approached her in the bedroom.

“He wanted to have sex and I said no. He kept saying, ‘This is not up for negotiation.’ He was pushing my head down.”

Harris realized she had a tape recorder in her dresser drawer. While pretending to get fresh underwear, she found the device and pressed record.

Although Shawn Harris claimed it was consensual sexual role-playing, the recording nailed him.

Jurors listened to a fraught Harris saying, “No,” more than 50 times. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

What’s more is that Crystal, the VICTIM, must pay both alimony AND attorney’s fees!

Harris, 39, was ordered to pay $1,000 a month in spousal support to her now-ex, Shawn Harris.

“As soon as he gets out of prison for raping me, I have to start writing him checks! What a thing to choke on!” Harris told The Post in her first extended interview.

Shawn Harris, 41, was convicted on Jan. 24 of forced oral copulation, attacking his wife in 2008 while their children listened to her cries from an upstairs bedroom.

Harris was also ordered by San Diego Superior Court Judge Gregory Pollack to cough up $47,000 to repay the money Shawn Harris spent on divorce lawyers to win the alimony.

The Judge’s logic is as follows:
“I can’t look at a 12-year marriage where one side is making $400 a month, the other side is making over $11,000, and say no spousal support,” he said in court.
I beg to differ, YOU CAN say no spousal support!  I think the Judge may have missed a crucial detail – Crystal is a victim of repeated domestic violence and RAPE.  Shouldn’t that play a role, otherwise it would appear that the justice system is REWARDING a criminal for violent acts.  This is positively insane!
This somewhat reminds me of the Justin Beiber baby allegations.  In that case, a woman claims she had sex with Beiber in a bathroom stall, and that at the time, he was under the age of 18.  She has a child and claimed that the child was from that 19 second encounter.  And, of course, she now wants Beiber to pony up child support.  But Beiber was under the age of consent, therefore this was statutory rape.  Should a “victim” of rape then be forced to pay child support?  I realize this case drastically differs from the Crystal Harris case, but it’s an interesting thought to ponder, nonetheless. (For those of you dying to know, Beiber agreed to a DNA test, but the woman dropped the allegations).




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