By now you’re likely familiar with the Hacienda HealthCare story, where a 29 year old client gave birth while in the nursing home’s care. The woman had been in the nursing home since a near-drowning when she was just three years old. After collecting DNA samples from the male employees, police arrested Christian rapper Nathan Sutherland for rape.
The allegations are appalling enough on their own, but there’s evidence that the woman may have been aware that she was being raped at the time, but unable to do anything or tell anyone. While many media reports initially claimed that the woman has been in a vegetative state, the family’s attorney denied this. According to him, the woman has “significant intellectual disabilities” but has “some awareness”. I can’t even begin to imagine how horrifying that must have been.
According to AZ Central:
Sutherland is a licensed practical nurse who was primarily responsible for caring for the victim at the time of the assault, according to police. He’s worked at Hacienda since 2012. He was booked into Maricopa County Jail on Wednesday, and his attorney said there was “minimum” evidence that his client committed the crime at an initial hearing.
A court commissioner set bail at a half-million dollars.
And, of course, he identifies as a Christian rapper who shared inspirational messages. The Washington Post reported:
In interviews and government documents, Nathan Sutherland painted an inspirational image of himself: an abandoned child who grew up with an empty belly in a Haitian orphanage; a doting dad who wanted to help those who had also been dealt a difficult hand.
His Christian music group, Sleeplessouljaz, rapped inspirational messages in churches and concert halls across the Southwest. He sought to start a transitional home for orphans and homeless youth. When those dreams fizzled, he dove into an industry synonymous with caretaking: He became a nurse.
Sutherland had been a licensed practical nurse at Hacienda HealthCare since 2011.
The Post continued pointing out the Christian hypocrisy:
He directed inspirational words to youth, especially ones dealing with adult-size difficulties. His music group’s Twitter profile quoted Martin Luther King Jr. Sutherland told people that his difficult childhood wasn’t justification for walking the wrong path — and that teenagers shouldn’t make excuses, either.
“Jesus gave your own mind to you,” he told the interviewer when asked what he would tell young people. “You have instruction. It’s up to you to decide which way you want to go and stuff. It’s going to be hard. But try not to make excuses for the way you are behaving.”