A singer in a German girl band broke down into tears Thursday after a court convicted her but gave no jail time for having unprotected sex with her then boyfriend despite knowing she was infected with HIV.Quote has been trimmed
Nadja Benaissa, 28, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence and 300 hours of community service after she was convicted in a Darmstadt administrative court of causing bodily harm. She faced a possible 10 years behind bars. The court ruled Benaissa had infected her then boyfriend with the virus that causes AIDS.
Benaissa helped her case during the trial, which began Aug. 16, by acknowledging she had unprotected sex despite knowing she was HIV-positive and saying it was a big mistake.
"I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart," Benaissa said, adding she had realized how much her now ex-boyfriend was still suffering.
"I wish I could turn back time and make everything undone," she told the court. "But I know that he will never forgive me."
The man who claimed Benaissa infected him said they had a three-month relationship at the beginning of 2004 and that he got tested after Benaissa's aunt asked him in 2007 whether he was aware that the singer was HIV-positive.
"The Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe group argued her partners also carried a share of the responsibility for becoming infected, and criticized the verdict.
"If the responsibility for prevention is put entirely upon women and HIV-positive people, we are not recognizing the combined responsibility of two people," said spokeswoman Marianne Rademacher."
^ I call BS on this....... and it's just an attempt to pass the blame to the victim. If the carrier doesn't tell the truth to their partner or doesn't suggest using protection and willingly and knowingly infects their partner, suddenly it's the victim's fault for not being psychic or subjecting their partner to a blood screening?
I suppose if I got shot by someone, it's my own fault for not asking them beforehand if they're going to shoot me?
Wonderful, so after her 300 days are over, she can continue on with her life as it was before, meanwhile her victim now has to suffer a slow and painful death.
Anybody remember Trevis Smith who got 5 and a half years for infecting two women? Different country, but the laws and punishment are very similar. I call sexism on this whole situation..... she gets community services because she put on the water works and said she was sorry..... yet if a man pulled that stunt, it wouldn't matter because everybody would treat him like a monster and some sort of sexual predator.
Gotta love double standards.