Bristol’s Innocence, Ctd

Marlowe Stern reads Bristol's book so you don't have to:

Levi keeps replacing her finished wine coolers with new ones, and soon Bristol hits “that awful wall” that takes her from a “happy buzz” into “the dark abyss of drunkenness.” (Pg. 3) The last thing she remembers is sitting by the fire and laughing with friends, and doesn’t remember waking up in her tent the next morning “with something obviously askew.”

Bristol awakens in her tent, with no recollection of the night before. She looks over and sees Levi’s empty sleeping bag right beside hers, and hears Levi and his friends “outside the tent laughing.” (Pg. 3) Bristol quickly texts her friend to get over to the tent, and she immediately pops over and tells her, “You definitely had sex with Levi.” (Pg. 4) Despite being brought up in a Christian household determined to save herself until marriage, Bristol laments the fact that her virginity had been “stolen,”

Dan Savage looks up the rape laws in Alaska:

If you have sex with a person who is "mentally incapable; incapacitated; or unaware that a sexual act is being committed," then Alaska—quite rightly—says you're guilty of criminal sexual assault. And the statute of limitations hasn't run out on that night in the tent:

Under Alaska Statutes §12.10.010 prosecution [of sexual assault] may commence up to 10 years after the commission of the offense.

So will Levi be arrested?

A reader doubts it:

Let me get this straight. Are you telling me that, in 2008, when Palin was announcing Bristol's pregnancy to the world (just days after her nomination) that she was describing the aftermath of a rape? Why, then, would she instruct the campaign to say, "Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family."? Why would candidate Palin parade her daughter's rapist at the Republican National Convention? And why would Bristol get engaged for a second time to the man who violated her? 

Even if you could explain that last one with some domestic version of Stockholm syndrome, why would Sarah condone it, even temporarily?  Why, oh why, would Sarah (citing "redemption and forgiveness") support continued contact with the man who raped Tripp's mother?  Given what we know about the Palins and vendettas, I find it hard to believe that governor Palin would show more lenience toward such a man than she did to Trooper Wooten. Even the most defiant Palin supporter (perhaps especially they) should have a hard time believing this.


I'd rather not know anything about Bristol Palin's teenage sex life. But if she's going to put it out there – like a line on her resume – then the resume needs to be examined.