There have been rumors that claim Jacob Blake raped a teenage girl. If you haven’t forgotten, Blake is the same black man who was shot by police seven times in Wisconsin on Sunday. However, upon verification, we couldn’t find any charges for the sexual assault of a child against him.
CLAIM: These rumors spread like wildfire on social media sites without any evidence. However, in July 2020, a third-degree assault charge was made against Black in Wisconsin, but it didn’t involve a minor.
FACT: These false claims surfaced after police shot Blake several times in the black. The incident took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Such an inhuman and brutal incident sparked outrage and protests in the nation. Some social media users tried to dampen his character with such falsified posts regarding the criminal record of Jacob Blake.
The base of these kinds of posts was to prove, without evidence, Jacob, a child rapist, pedophile or child abuser. But, it turns out that he doesn’t fit into one of those categories.
One of the Twitteratis said that whatever money Blake collected in GoFundMe donation should be given to the 14-year-old girl who he had raped. Many people shared it on Twitter and Instagram. Another user tweeted that people are fools who are defending him who burnt black-owned businesses. Another post that used a meme from TV sitcom ‘The Office’ said that the police won’t have shot if Jacob Blake had been in prison for raping the teenage girl.
There were people who had shared a graphic of the statute defining third-degree sexual assault. On the whole, all of these posts were false as there isn’t a single evident that can prove the same. The fact-checking website Snopes.com also verified the claim and it turned out to be false.
There are online records of the court against Jacob Blake. Kenosha County prosecutors charged him with sexual assault, trespassing, and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse on July 6, 2020. Therefore, an arrest warrant was issued on July 7, 2020, for the same. It’s surprising to know that these court documents don’t list an attorney for Blake.
After getting facts checked, we got to know that the above case involved the ex-girlfriend of Jacob Blake. He has three children with her. The statute that was shared on social media is from Rhode Island law. It defines third-degree sexual assault as sex with a minor. On the other hand, in Wisconsin, the definition is not the same.