It seems at least once a year, tabloid media is aflutter with a scandalous story about a torrid affair between an older woman and a minor.
Beyond the legal issues, something is unsettling about a grown individual taking advantage of a young mind and body. There’s something inherently manipulative about a mature individual, out of lust or s*xual confusion, further complicating a fragile one.
However, there are occasions when it’s not as insidious as all that. When the two involved seek each other out years later when they’ve matured, this is not one of those cases.
When married mother Brooke Lajiness was charged with intercourse and oral s*x with two boys, 14 and 15-years-old, it reeked of the scandalous tabloid nightmare best-left fiction.
But as you’ll see, even the most clear-cut cases of s*xual abuse come with a share of victim-blaming and doubt.
10 The Press Announcement
In Ann Arbor, Michigan, Washtenaw County has been known as a Democratic stronghold since Michael Dukakis won it in 1988.
Home to the University of Michigan, it’s long been a haven for arts and culture. But on August 9, 2017, residents woke to a crime in the academic world, the likes of which no community that places a high value on education wants to face.
Mother Brooke Lajiness pleaded guilty to criminal s*xual conduct with minors in the Lima Township.
9 The Beginning
According to the official record, Lajiness’s seduction began with a series of raunchy Snapchat photos sent to the two boys in the summer of 2016.
The pictures featured Lajness nude and engaged in s*xual acts. She reportedly used these photos to lure the boys to her car. She would text the boys with locations where they would rendezvous.