Police say a man high on the party drug Molly allegedly raped a woman and pulled part of her stomach out with his fist.
Pennsylvania State Police arrested Emmanuel Paulino, 29, of North 4th Street, West Hazleton, after they were dispatched to an apartment at 701 W. 24th St. just after 4:30 this morning.
Troopers found the victim in the fetal position, on the floor in her bedroom, with bruising around her eyes and blood flowing “profusely” from her torso, according to arrest papers. She was taken to Hazleton General Hospital and then flown to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.
Prior to her surgery, the victim told police that she and Paulino were going to engage in consensual sex, when Paulino “freaked out,” grabbed her by the neck and started choking her. While still choking her, he inserted his fist into her anus. She indicated she was screaming through the assault and told Paulino to “get out,” but the attack did not stop until one of her minor children walked into the bedroom after the child heard her screaming, court papers state.
In an interview with police, Paulino said he put his hand inside the victim “and pulled something out. I pulled out something sticky that stuck to my hand,” according to court papers.
Bonin told Dixon that a search warrant was secured and that forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross identified the tissue as stomach tissue.
In court papers, police also said Paulino admitted to taking six of the drug known as Molly.
“Molly” is the street name of the powder or crystal form of the drug MDMA, a chemical most commonly known for its use in the drug Ecstasy. Unlike Ecstasy, which has a reputation for being laced with everything from caffeine to methamphetamine, molly — a name shortened from “molecule” — is thought of as “pure” MDMA.
Stories like this always bring up the questions about the relationship of alcohol and drugs and sexual assault: i.e. Does intoxication cause sexual assault? Is a person under the influence of drugs or alcohol more likely to rape or sexually assault someone?
Most experts say no. A common misunderstanding is that if people commit sexual assaults only when drunk or high, then (a) the drinking/drugging must have caused the assault and (b) sobriety and addiction counseling are adequate to prevent future assaults.
Putting drugs into your system does not cause you to commit a sexual assault any more than putting gasoline into your car causes you to drive to the airport. Gasoline makes it easier to do what you want to do (e.g., drive a car) while drugs also make it easier to do what you want to do (e.g., grope women). If you do not at least think about doing something when sober, you are not likely to do it when high.
Sexual assault and substance abuse are separate issues. If someone violates sexual boundaries while drunk or high, that person has two problems that need to be addressed. Taking responsibility for drug consumption addresses only half of the problem.
Effective treatment programs will treat both issues. Whether a person is a victim or a perpetrator of sexual assault, that aspect must be addressed a long with any substance abuse issues for the best chance of recovery. Palm Partners offers both behavioral counseling for perpetrators of sexual abuse and trauma counseling for victims, as well as substance abuse treatment. If you or someone you know is in need of substance abuse and sexual assault treatment, please give us a call at 1-800-951-6135.