So (drink), last week a rapist named Brock Allen Turner was sentenced to 6 months in jail, of which he will most likely only serve three, because the judge thought that a stiffer penalty would have “too severe effect on his young life”. Since the rapist’s slap on the wrist sentence was handed down and the judge’s comments as to why, were made public this case has gotten a lot of media attention.
The victim in the case addressed her rapist with a very detailed letter of how her life was affected by the rape and her statement was released publicly (you should read it if you get a chance. It’s not pleasant but it’s worth it). And frankly, there is nothing that I could say here that the victim did not clearly lay out in her 7,244 word statement.
What I will say here is that this sentence is a goddamn joke! The judge, Aaron Persky, who happens to be up for re-election in Santa Clara TOMORROW, like really, June 7th, is morally reprehensible if he thinks that 3 months jail time and probation is suitable punishment for a rapist.
Is it any wonder that more victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse do not come forward? When shit like this happens in courtrooms all over America on regular basis? Not to mention the torturous process the victims must endure while preparing for trial…and for what? The rapist, Brock Allen Turner, will be out in time for Halloween parties and I bet he has totally learned a ton about consent and the inherent value of women and women’s lives and that they are just as valuable as his own. I’m positive he’s going to be a changed man and will never forcibly drag an unconscious woman behind a dumpster, tear off her clothes and fuck her without her permission or violate her body in any other way, say, with a foreign object, because he has totally learned his lesson!
Let us make no mistake that the rapist, Brock Allen Turner (whose name I will continue to use as many times as it is deemed literarily acceptable, alongside his proper title; rapist), was given such a light sentence because he is white and a good athlete. The Santa Clara District Attorney in this case said that “the punishment did not fit the crime” and added sagely that “campus rape is no different than any other rape. Rape is rape. There should be no distinction.” Thanks for that, Jeff Rosen. At least someone involved in this case does not have their head completely up their ass.
The lack of severity in the sentencing of the rapist, Brock Allen Turner (who is a rapist by the way, who was unanimously convicted of 3 counts of rape, and 6 counts of sexual assault, who was witnessed by not one but two eyewitnesses in the act of raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster) sends a message to every victim and every woman that our lives do not matter as much as the life of a man. That is exactly what it says and I will tell you why:
The judge’s “concern” for the welfare of the rapist in this case has only to do with the fact that he would feel guilty for sending a young, white, wealthy, athletic male to prison for any significant period of time because then the judge would feel responsible for “making him into a criminal”. But here’s the rub Mr. Judgeypants, Brock Allen Turner is ALREADY A FUCKING CRIMINAL!!!!!!! HE’S A FUCKING RAPIST!!!! Non-criminals don’t drag women behind dumpsters and rape them!!!!!! The judge is so concerned with preserving the welfare of a convicted fucking rapist because he is a man that he is willing to risk the welfare of the one known victim in this case as well any potential future victims!!! And that is how much more the Judge Aaron Persky values the lives of men (but presumably only white men) over the lives of women.
So, it actually gets even stupider, if you can believe this shit. The rapist’s Dad got involved, on the Twitter, of course. The rapist’s Dad said that his son should not receive any jail time for the conviction and that he has already “paid a very steep price for 20 minutes of action”. “Action”? Fucking “Action”? Did he just fucking say that? Wow! No wonder this dumb fuck raised a disgusting rapist! The Dad goes on to whine about how his son’s appetite just isn’t what it used to be and how he will now have to register as a sex offender and all the negative effects that will have on his son’s life. He literally did not mention the victim once in his statement, not once. She means so little to this man that he is not even bothered with the thought of her. All he can think about is how his precious rapist son will have some hardships now….because you can bet your ass he’s never had any before.
I am so disgusted with so many people involved with this case that I am kind of pissed off that how incredible and strong and brilliant and self-aware this particular victim is gets lost in how idiotic the Judge and the rapist and the Dad and the rapist’s fucking swimming coach all are.
I am proud to be a woman and I am proud of the survivor of this attack for understanding that the system may not have worked in her favor but that does not mean she is not valuable, it means the system is fucked. The system, that allows rapists and child molesters off with veritable slaps on the wrists, can, in fact, go fuck itself.
Sorry this isn’t funny, this one had just been getting to me. Also, I didn’t edit this, also I don’t give a fuck about typos today, the only things I give a fuck about today are unicorns and smashing the fucking patriarchy! XOXO, motherfuckers!