In the case of John Hopkins a judge has ruled that an S&M relationship can cross over into being rape, kidnap and torture.
If you’re not familiar with this story Hopkins is accused of making a 27-year-old Wisconsin woman his sex slave after promising her free rent on craigslist. Hopkins claims the pair were in a consensual BDSM relationship for two years. However the judge says that does not excuse some of the things Hopkins is accused of doing.
“We’re dealing with two individuals with varying degrees of mental instabilities,” Judge Patricia DiMango said in the case of accused sicko “master” John Hopkins and his alleged victim, a 27-year-old Wisconsin woman.
“In these types of situations, with the facts presented by both sides, both the consensual and criminal can co-exist,” the judge said.
“At some point, it can change to a situation where no means no. There comes a time when they’re not playful fun any more and they become dangerous — criminally dangerous.”
Still, the judge said, “I’m not denying that at some point and at some time this abuse and torture was consensual.”
The article states that the victim claims she broke her hand trying to escape from being shackled.
Right now to me this seems like a he said/she said kind of case but still, as I said previously, with the injuries that the victim sustained the judge may be right in saying that the consensual and criminal can co-exist.
UPDATE: Hopkins has pleaded not guilty.