I have been rather disturbed to see how many people are still defending that creep; but I'm not altogether surprised, having had my own experience with someone like Appelbaum. A lot of people don't understand until they have been on the receiving end of such intricate and well-stragegized abuse. Reading some of the victims' stories was so reminiscent of a particular brand of sociopathic creepiness that I wanted to vomit. Guys like Appelbaum are absolute masters of pushing the envelope right to the razor-thin edge of what you can technically accuse them of, and are even more talented at manipulating people around them; especially when most of those people are adoring fans. It's extremely rare for someone like him to get exposed in this way for those very reasons. Appelbaum found the perfect corner to spin his webs. A place where everyone is rightfully paranoid and it's all-to-easy to frame any attempt to stop him as some kind of conspiracy. So no, Appelbaum did not TECHNICALLY rape anyone (If he had, they would have simply pressed charges against him), but his actions were much more calculated and sinister, and his victims rightfully feel every bit as violated.