Sometimes, life imitates art and produces a beautiful result; sometimes, life imitates 50 Shades of Grey and a woman finds herself betrothed as a sex slave to a Republican.
According to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas GOP political adviser Benjamin Sparks drafted a five-page contract legally obligating his (now former) fiancee to act as his sex slave.
The Review-Journal obtained a litany of emails, text messages and related documents exposing the contract which turned the 46-year-old woman (left anonymous for her security) into Sparks’ “slave and property.” According to details contained within, the woman was obligated to kneel and cast her eyes downward when she entered his presence, be nude at all times, have sexual relations with him whenever he wanted, and wear a collar in private.
“He was very demanding and did not take no for an answer,” Sparks’ ex-fiancée explained. “Over the last month it escalated into very rough sex where he’d actually hurt me. He back-handed me … and forced himself on me.”
All of this from the party of “family values.”
Sparks had worked as political affairs director for RedRock Strategies, a D.C. and Vegas-based political firm which terminated him last week after the allegations came to light. He previously served as a spokesman and high-level staffer on multiple national campaigns, including Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential bid and the anti-recall campaign of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in 2012.
Apparently, the relationship between the two moved quickly. The couple began living together almost immediately, and the contracted is dated November 3 even though police reports indicate their relationship began only a day prior on November 2.
The relationship carried on per the terms of their contract until March 28, 2018, when Sparks demanded via text message that his former fiancee perform sexual acts with other men while bound and blindfolded.
The victim revealed that was her breaking point.
On March 29, the victim was again confronted by Sparks, only this time she claims he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He barricaded her in their home for two hours and filed a false report with authorities that the victim had attempted suicide, which she vehemently denies.
By the time police arrived in the home, Sparks had fled the scene. His former fiancee was left without a fingernail and a bruise on her thumb, but otherwise physically unharmed. It was acknowledged in the police report that she refused to complete a voluntary statement for police at that time. She also chose not attempt to call police during the two-hour period that Sparks was alleged to have blocked her escape, despite having access to her phone at the time.
Nevertheless, police have announced they have probable cause to arrest Sparks on domestic battery, which prompted him to flee to Texas.
The recently vindicated woman admitted that, in light of the #MeToo movement, she wanted to tell her story and do what she can to prevent this from occurring in the future.
“I truly don’t want this to happen to another girl,” she confessed. “I’m strong and have a great support system and despite that, this almost broke me.”
Let this serve as a reminder that sexual consent can be revoked at ANY time, even amidst the terms of a contract. Respect yourselves, and respect one another.