Brave Babysitter Comes Forward Accusing Parents Of Rape
Being a full-time or even part-time babysitter is fraught with all kinds of gray areas depending on the family. But what definitely is not a gray area is rape. Particularly at the hands of a South Carolina couple who have been legally charged with sexually assaulting their 18-year-old babysitter after asking her to have a few drinks with them.
The accused father, Joseph Neal Jr. is reportedly a local attorney in his hometown. But in the wake of these charges, he has been suspended from practicing for nine months. He and his now ex-wife, Caroline Neal, have pleaded not guilty to felony charges of rape and furnishing alcohol to a person under the age of 21.
The babysitter alleges that in December of 2011, the father gave her four or five drinks as well as marijuana before assaulting her. The couple has quite the abusive background, as Caroline was once arrested and charged with battery after attacking her husband in front of her 13-year-old step-son. Police were also called to the couple’s home to handle a domestic dispute the day after the babysitter reported her rape. Prior to the alleged rape, the husband had filed for divorce.
The couple eventually turned themselves in and have since been released on bond while they await trial — an unsettling reality for the babysitter as she looks ahead towards prosecution. The young rape survivor should certainly be commended for taking her assault through legal avenues. But her efforts, should the allegations be truthful, also protects future young ladies who might otherwise sign on for a quiet night of babysitting.