David Epstein, a 46 year-old Columbia professor, has been accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with his 24 year-old daughter for the past three years.
Authorities say Epstein was charged with one-count of third-degree incest for what has been described as a “consensual” sexual relationship.
ABCNews.com is reporting that Epstein’s lawyer, Matthew Galluzzo, stated, “Academically, we are obviously all morally opposed to incest and rightfully so.” …”At the same time, there is an argument to be made in the Swiss case to let go what goes on privately in bedrooms.” “It’s OK for homosexuals to do whatever they want in their own home,” he said. “How is this so different? We have to figure out why some behavior is tolerated and some is not.”
How is this different? Well, for one thing, homosexuals can’t procreate with each other. For another, it is possible that Epstein psychologically groomed his daughter, since she was a child, into having this ‘consensual’ relationship. It is also possible that he was already sexually abusing her as a teenager, or even as a child. A man with no moral or spiritual boundaries is bound to have had sexual thoughts about his daughter LONG before she turned twenty.
Galluzzo says that, although Epstein’s daughter has come forth as a victim in the case, she could be “described as an accomplice.”
Ah!, the daughter has not only consented to having sex with her father, but she is also a partner in crime!
And here it is; the famous nincompoop quote….. Raahi Sheth, who had Epstein as a major adviser, said: “he was surprised to hear of the allegations, since Epstein has always been helpful. “He’d always been fairly jovial,” he said. “He seemed to be a very nice guy.”
Yes, jovial, nice people NEVER sexually abuse kids, or have sex with their own daughter!
“Incest is still socially and legally taboo in the United States, but attitudes may be changing in other parts of the world, at least when it involves adults and not minors.”
In many other countries, incest with children has been openly practiced for centuries and is accepted as perfectly normal. Currently, the United States has laws that enforce the prosecution of incest. In addition, even though incest takes place behind closed doors on a regular basis in American homes, and even though family members often ignore or facilitate it, the American legal system has at least favored putting child rapists and child molesters behind bars.
Groups like NAMLBA, and comments made by Epstein’s attorney, raise the question: Will American society soon legally allow adult/child “sex?” (also known as child sexual abuse and child rape).
Last year, former child actress, Mackenzie Phillips, came forward to say that she and her father, John Phillips, had been having sex for ten years. At first, Mackenzie described the sex as consensual, but she later realized that she had been betrayed by her father. Mackenzie stated, “No matter what kind of incest, it is an abuse of power” ….”A betrayal of trust.”
Phillips wrote in her book, High On Arrival: “I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father,” and, after she became pregnant, Mackenzie never let her father touch her again. She didn’t know who the father of the child was, but Mackenzie says her father paid for an abortion.
“Those who have been in incestuous relationships with a parent — even as adults — “mix up” power, love, affection, attention and abuse” Like Phillips, they can lose their identity, struggle with forming meaningful attachments and can resort to drugs, self-cutting and even suicide.
“If you are saying consenting adults can do whatever they want, then what about therapists and their clients, employers and their employees, clergy and their parishioners?”
Epstein’s wife, Sharyn O’Halloran, chair of the executive committee of the University Senate and a tenured professor, has declined to make any statements. Professor Epstein is currently on administrative leave and not teaching students. His trial date has not been set.
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