A rape survivor traced her attackers over the internet to a pickup artist website, leading to their arrest, investigators said.
Alexander Smith, Jonas Dick, and Jason Berlin were convicted on rape charges after the survivor found them bragging about their crimes on the website Efficient Pickup, San Diego Country prosecutors told People magazine.
The victim and her friend were leaving a California bar when Smith and Dick invited the pair back to their apartment. There, the victim was led to a separate room from her friend and raped while she was passed out.
The pair of friends later traced Dick’s name to Efficient Pickup. On that site, there was a blog post called “Tales of a Sex-Addicted Narcissistic Player”—which talked about the victim’s rape. Another post by Berlin covered the same assault.
“The fact is, the defendant did treat the victim in this case not as a human being but as simply an object,” said Judge Jeffrey Fraser in a court transcript, according to The Los Angeles Times. “And I got to tell you, having sat up here for 18 years, there’s a lot of people that have sat in that chair … murderers, rapists, kidnappers — go down the list.”
Two of the men, Smith and Dick, were pickup artist (PUA) instructors. Berlin was their student. They taught concepts popular in the misogynistic world of pickup artist communities, including the idea of “last minute resistance” (often called LMR) or “token resistance” in which a woman says “no” before or during sex. Many pickup artists believe this to be emotional manipulation on the part of the woman.
The blog post about the encounter between the pair said that the woman put up “LMR” before she had sex with Smith and Berlin, a New York Magazine article reported. The blog post also says that the victim was so intoxicated that she was vomiting on the floor during sex.
All three were sentenced to eight years in prison, and the judge thanked the victim for helping to bring them to justice.
“Nobody would be held accountable,” Fraser said. “In fact, worse than that, things would have gone on and there would be other victims, and it is quite possible we would have never learned about this.”
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