Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Just Say No

Youth [abstinence] counselor accused of sex assault

Trumbull (AP) - Connecticut police have arrested a youth adviser accused of sexually assaulting a Trumbull girl being counseled to abstain from sex.

Vernitt Hoheb, 31, of Stratford surrendered Monday. He had been a youth counselor at Mount Aery Baptist Church in Bridgeport until the allegations were made against him.

Trumbull police say Hoheb supervised a youth group at the church. The 16-year-old girl claims Hoheb sexually assaulted her in his car in the parking lot of a Trumbull gym where he had stopped while driving her home in March.

Hoheb allegedly said he had been counseling teenage girls, including the victim, on how to say "no" to sexual advances from adults.

In light of recent conversation - mostly stemming from Jessica Valenti's The Purity Myth release - this seems an especially highlighting example of how ideas of purity/virginity/abstinence still focus on girls as solely sexual objects, not as empowered, agent human beings.

Thomas has a brief analysis, I most appreciate his closing "As long as women have no voice in how their bodies are sexual, he’s happy."