molly shattuck

Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader accused of raping boy she met on Instagram.

On Wednesday, Deadspin reported that former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck had been arrested and charged with sexual assault of a minor, a 15-year-old boy she met on Instagram.

According to court documents, the 47-year-old Shattuck, who was previously known as the oldest cheerleader in the NFL for making the Ravens squad at 38, started commenting on the teenager’s photos back in May, eventually meeting up to have oral sex over Labor Day weekend. The boy reported their relationship to police in September.

Shattuck is being charged with four counts of unlawful sexual contact, two counts of third-degree rape, and three counts of distributing alcohol to a minor. It’s all pretty serious stuff. But because Shattuck is a former NFL cheerleader, and because the minor in question was a 15-year-old male, people on the Internet seem outraged for, well, let’s just say the wrong reasons.

Say it with me now: Sexual assault is sexual assault, regardless of whether the victim is male or female, or if the aggressor is tall, thin, and blonde. A sexual predator is a sexual predator. So cool it with the “15-year-old-getting-head-from-a-cheerleader” jokes, Twitter. Because if it were your child in this situation, you probably wouldn’t be laughing.

H/T Deadspin | Screengrab via Profiles Featuring Mickey Burns//YouTube

EJ Dickson

EJ Dickson

EJ Dickson is a writer and editor who primarily covers sex, dating, and relationships, with a special focus on the intersection of intimacy and technology. She served as the Daily Dot’s IRL editor from January 2014 to July 2015. Her work has since appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mic, Bustle, Romper, and Men’s Health.

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