68 year old Luella McAdoo was left to care for a 34 year old handicapped man in his mothers absence. Instead of fulfilling her role as a caregiver she decided to fulfill her sexual needs by allegedly coercing him into performing oral sex on her.
Upon catching her in the act of allegedly abusing her son, Ms. Davis asked her to leave her home, and then reported the crime to the police. She contends that he doesn't have the ability to make a decision about sex on his own. McAdoo is currently charged with lewd or lascivious battery on an elderly or severely disabled person and is being held at the Orient Road Jail on $7,500 bond, according to jail records.
My initial response to reading this story was outrage. I mentally heaped all kinds of abuse on her, in complete belief that she was a sex parasite worthy of the worst kind of feelings that I reserve for sexual predators. I firmly believe that anyone that violates another sexually deserves a special place in hell. As I began to type what I thought would be a vitriolic rant dedicated to decrying this woman a thought occurred to me...How do we know that he did not consent? His mother says he does not have the requisite mental capacity to consent but this does not mean that he is not a sexual being. Often times people that are mentally disabled are constructed as asexual because it makes us uncomfortable to think of them as sexual beings. Even though he may well have the mind of a child it is in the body of a sexually mature adult. He went through puberty the same way as everyone else, and therefore would be subject to the same sexual desires. So the question is, does this incident constitute a sexual violation? Does his mother have the right to say that he cannot participate in a sexual relationship? What are your thoughts?