A college student in Indiana filed as police report after she had sex with a man who pretended to be her boyfriend in February 2017.
According to Buzzfeed reports,Abigail Finney, 20, shock when she realized that the man she considered her rapist, Donald Grant Ward, would not face any penalty for his actions.
'I was like, "I feel violated. This feels wrong. But I don’t know if it’s illegal,"' she recalled writing in texts to her friends that night.
Abigail was right to be confused. Under her state’s law, what Grant did was not technically illegal — even though he later admitted that he knew Abigail wasn’t consenting to sex with him. That’s because in Indiana, sex only becomes rape when it’s compelled through force or threats, if the victim is mentally disabled and can’t properly consent, or if he or she is unaware that the sex is occurring.
Abigail knew she was having sex. She just didn’t know it was with Grant.