A young woman went to a bar. A criminal offense was committed against her. Some people taped it and, without her consent, make lots of money on it to this day. The woman sued the people who made the video but because it was Girls Gone Wild, the jury ruled against her.
Jane Doe was 20 when she was filmed by a Girls Gone Wild video photographer in a bar in St. Louis, Missouri. Someone pulled the woman’s top down without her consent whilst the photographer was taping. The assault appears on “Girls Gone Wild Sorority Orgy.” Doe sued the company in 2008 after a friend of her husband’s reported seeing her in the video.
Stephen Evans of St. Louis, her lawyer, argued Thursday that Doe never gave consent — and even could be heard in original footage saying “no” when asked to show her breasts shortly before another woman suddenly pulled Doe’s top down. Evans said the company usually gets women to sign consent forms or give verbal consent with cameras rolling.
Patrick O’Brien, the jury foreman, told a reporter that an 11-member majority decided that Doe had de facto consented by being in the bar and dancing for the photographer.
“Through her actions, she gave implied consent,” O’Brien said. “She was really playing to the camera. She knew what she was doing.”
Patrick O’Brien’s job title must be Rape Culture Spokesman. Jane Doe’s presence canceled out her “no.” Women still do not have exclusive rights to their own bodies.