My question involves criminal law for the state of: South Carolina
I have a question. I know of a young woman in her mid-twenties who shoplifts because she was raped by her father. The shoplifting started in middle school when she would steal things from the school store. She feels she has a need to steal things because she was raped. Would this be a NGRI plea? She's been caught shoplifting but knows that its wrong. But she was raped by her father and her desire to shoplift is because she was raped, feeling the need to steal like she was stolen from. I feel she deserves the insanity plea but I need some help with this. She is my friend and is in big trouble because she shoplifts. She's also worked as a prostitute. She's poor and doesn't get much medical help but I feel that if she gets and NGRI defense she might finally get some help. What if you know it's wrong but were abused when you were younger? I know it's not ethical to do such a thing but apparently it's the law. They're saying she's insane because she didn't know it was wrong to be abused when she was younger, that as a child she desired to be raped by her father because children want to please their parents. She sees a lot of doctors who want to help her but she's in legal trouble. Can someone help give me some advice? What about "guilty but insane?"