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Convicted rapist gets parental rights to his victim’s child

In Brown City, Michigan, 27 year old Christopher Mirasolo, a convicted rapist, has been awarded joint custody of an eight year old child who was conceived when he raped Rebecca Keisling. When Mirasolo was 18, he raped Keisling, who at the time was age 12. He was convicted of kidnapping Keisling and her at the time 13 year old sister.  Mirasolo pled out to third degree sexual assault for this crime, and was released early from a one year sentence to “care for his sick mother”. In 2010, Mirasolo reoffended and was convicted of sexual assault on a minor age 13 to 15, and served a four year sentence. Judge Gregory Ross awarded Mirasolo joint custody. His name is to appear on the child’s birth certificate, and he was provided with his victims’ home address.



It is appalling, outrageous and disgusting. This is insane. A convicted rapist, a repeat violent sex offender, is going to be allowed visitation with the child that was conceived by his attack on his victim. One must wonder how much knowledge the involved parties have of sex offenders. We can only speculate that this type of occurrence is the end result of a society moving closer and closer to a perspective in which right and wrong are relative, centuries old values are obsolete, and personal responsibility and common sense are abandoned. 


You can assume that rapists rape because it is their sexual orientation. It is there preference. They are not the victims of sexual addiction, or irresistible, out of control sexual desire. There are those addicted to sex, and they seek out multiple consensual partners, spend hours viewing pornography and masturbate excessively and indiscriminately, and use prostitutes. They do not rape. Rapists are a different breed. They seek complete power and dominance over their victims, or can only become aroused when they inflict pain on their victim, or are acting out anger against women in general or specific types of women, or are trying to reassure themselves of their masculinity and power. This is known as the Groth typology of rapists. Something that liberal psychotherapists, attorneys, and the media fail to grasp is that rapists like what they do are compelled to do what they do. The value of psychotherapy with rapists is a debated topic, and if lengthy prison sentences are not a deterrent, how can a brief prison sentence be a deterrent? And why does the public gravitate toward sympathy with the offender, while the victim is forgotten. 


As someone who had provided counseling to rapists as well as their victims, outcomes like this case leave me beyond frustrated. As a society, we have to stop giving offenders excuses, and indulging them. We need to protect their victims and potential victims, and hold them fully accountable. 


 

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