Student accused of sexual assault says ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ made him do it

By Marisa Kabas on February 24, 2015


If there’s any lesson we can learn from the intense controversy surrounding the film version of Fifty Shades of Grey, it’s that when it comes to participating in BDSM, consent is key. But a young man in Illinois claims not to have gotten the message.

Mohammad Hossain, 19, a freshman at the University of Illinois, was arrested in Cook County for allegedly sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman. He said it was a reenactment of Fifty Shades.

According to Assistant State Attorney Sarah Karr, Hussein brought the woman to his dorm room and asked her to remove all her clothing, except her bra and underwear. He then bound her hands and legs with belts and stuffed a necktie in her mouth.

Hossain used a knit cap to cover the woman’s eyes, Karr said, and removed the woman’s bra and underwear. He then began striking the woman with a belt. After hitting her several times, the woman told Hossain he was hurting her, told him to stop “and began shaking her head and crying,” said Karr.

Hossain continued striking the woman—including with his fists, according to an arrest report—and she managed to get one arm, and then another, free. But he then held her arms behind her back and sexually assaulted her as she continued to plead for him to stop, according to Karr.

The young woman finally escaped and told police what had happened. Hossain was arrested later that night and a judge set his bail at $500,000.

Although the victim of the alleged assault claims she told Hossain to stop multiple times during the encounter, he appears not to have gotten the message. When asked by the presiding judge how Hossain could have “let a movie persuade him to do something like this,” Hossain’s attorney replied that her client considered the act “consensual.”

13 Responses to “Student accused of sexual assault says ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ made him do it”

  1. Two words f*cking moron.

  2. I saw this the other day and it doesn’t surprise me. Without a real understanding of what consensual actually means this is going to continue. And the truth is, there are those who want to beat women and will use this stupid movie as an excuse. The sicko actually believed he would get away with it by saying it was consensual. I hope this reverberates across the UIC campus and campuses across the country as a warning.

  3. No or stop always means stop. Let’s hope this idiot gets locked away for a while. At least that way he can’t hurt any others. Vile, I hope you saw my comment on your last post. I would really like a decent mentor, so many terrible ‘doms’ out there. I don’t want to be one of them, so I do need to learn from someone who knows what they’re doing and still manages to be a person which other people seem to forget.

  4. I’m not surprise that this happened. When I pointed this out to a couple of friends that this is merely the start of idiots that will compromise the community, they say it’s no big deal. It is a big deal really, since society will use this to wave in everyone’s face that this is what the BDSM community as about. Even if it happens to be few.

  5. I saw this on the news last night. The first of many…

  6. I feel like I’m dropping the ball sometimes when it comes to the whole 50 Shades thing. I couldn’t make it through the third book. I don’t plan to see the movie. The books were so terrible that I hate to see how much worse it can get in public consumption movie form. So my comments are from this perspective.

    There are always going to be people who “don’t get it” and do stupid things. There are always going to be people who are just monsters and do whatever they want for whatever excuse or reason they give themselves. This movie or these books are as good an excuse as the next one. All excuses are by definition, just excuses.

    For me, with or without D/s in the mix, there never needs to be any more complicated safeword than stop or no. It’s really simple.

    • You know you are 100% correct , and I agree with everything you have said. I found it ironic someone would blame it on a book.

    • I agree with your comments and I especially like what you said about safewords. A safe word is only as good as a sub’s capacity to use it. When I’m in subspace I’m not completely aware and an hour gone by can feel like minutes. Emotions and health are a other factor so a Dom should always pay attention to all the physical signs of distress and NEVER ignore words such as stop or no. Check ins are so vitally important. Even a couple that plays often and knows each other inside and out may come across a situation that they never expected. Always err on the side of caution. A sub having a heart attack or going into shock will never remember a safeword, if any words at all. The word help may come out in a whisper or she may mouth it.

  7. Both seem quite inexperienced, naive, and thoughtless. Common sense isn’t very common, is it.

  8. I hadn’t heard this, but it doesn’t surprise me. I agree, this is just the beginning

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