Gayle Newland- Kye Fortune and Rape by Fraud
Twenty-five year old Gayle Newland of Willaston, Cheshire UK, will be sentenced in November for three sexual assault charges. She created a catphish profile of Kye Fortune, a young man who’d undergone serious medical treatments that had disfigured his body. “He” requested that his victim, a woman who’d engaged in a two year relationship with him, wear a blindfold during sex because of his appearance concerns. She obliged.
Ultimately, the victim discovered that her boyfriend was a woman wearing a prosthetic device to sexually penetrate her. She’d had sex with “Kye Fortune” ten times. She was mortified and brought the case to the police.
The UK tabloids have had a field day with this story! And most of the comments hurl insulting remarks at the victim, decrying her for “stupidity, naivete,” etc. There seems to be little recognition that no one has the right to commit a crime against a victim, regardless of how gullible they are.
As in all sexual exploitation, Gayle Newland wanted sex. And she didn’t care the least for the interests of her victim. She felt the victim would not consent based on the truth, she’s a woman, so she simply altered the truth to get what she wanted. The difference between sexual assault by violence and sexual assault by fraud is the tool which is used to undermine the victim’s consent. But they both lead to the unconsented act of sexual penetration by the offender. Their covert manipulation causes the victim to grapple with defilement.
Please join me in setting the record straight about the harm in sexual assault by fraud with the readers at Spiked, (right click the title) a UK tabloid where the contributors need to be educated.