Sexual abuse of developmentally delayed adults (mental retardation, adult autism) is the highest percentage of any group in the United States. More adults with MR are sexually assaulted than any other group. They are the most vulnerable of Americans, and prosecuting sexual exploitation of them is near impossible as the victim generally cannot take the stand in her own defense. Defense attorneys can easily confuse them.
In Statement Analysis, we listen to what one says and do so with the presupposition of de facto innocence; that is, that the person 'did not do it', rather than rely upon judicial innocence, which all possess.
We expect the subject to say that he did not do that which he was accused simply by:
1. Using the pronoun "I"
2. Using the past tense verb "did not" (or "didn't")
3. By naming what he is accused of.
"I did not sexually assault her" is a simple and easy thing for one to say who did not do it. They have no need to "prove" that which did not happen. Let's listen to former NFL player, Dana Stubblefied to hear if he denies sexually assaulting the victim.
"I am here to state without any reservations that I am completely innocent of these allegations."
Please note that when he was introduced, a reservation was made: he would not be taking any questions, his lawyer stated.
"These allegations are completely false. "
"I have worked my whole career to be part of the Bay Community."
"And I have worked in several communities and charities with the church."
"This is an issue that is very close to me. One of my primary, one of my primary charities is Special Olympics. Something that is true and dear to my heart."
"This is why these allegations hurt me so badly. "
"But I am not a perfect man."
note in the video where he leaves off reading the prepared statement at this point:
"However, the allegations against me come after a year after consensual encounter with another woman are all totally false. I am here today to state this clearly. On my attorneys advice I won't be answering any questions but I wanted I wanted to hold a press conference to tell the truth and have the truth come out. I will defend myself with all of my strength. Today we are here to open up this case and give more information to demonstrate that this was a, a con, a consensual relationship. Excuse me. My attorneys will give you more information on that. But again, But these charges are, again, completely false. I look forward to providing, my, sorry, to proving my innocence."
Dana Stubblefield has not denied any allegations. We cannot deny the allegations for him.
Had he said, "I did not sexually abuse her" and "I have told the truth", it would have been reliable.
The issue is in exploitation; the difference in sophistication between him and a woman with developmental disabilities. The attorneys attack the victim's credibility, which is expected, but do so without denying the allegation; only that they affirm his judicial innocence.
The defense attorneys uses many words to impugn the victim and how she needed money and had a work history. Neither denies the allegation only the outcome.
"Developmentally delayed people do not apply for jobs and do not post on Facebook...she asked for money 20 times, continually, we have her text messages we will be providing..."
"The point being that if this incident genuinely occurred, would someone like this ask for money?"
The attorney allows for this to have occurred.