Monday, August 22, 2016

"What Rape Culture?"

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE, CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, RACISM]

Sigh.

Judge quashes rape charges so athlete can enjoy ‘a college experience’

Eighteen year old David Becker had been charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery. The victims had been drinking at a house party while a fellow student’s father was out of town, and had stayed after the party to help Becker and others clean up. The two young women fell asleep in an upstairs bedroom, talking with Becker until they all fell asleep. 
Both victims woke up to Becker sexually assaulting them, with an apologetic text message from Becker sent the next day corroborating their stories. 
Palmer District Court Judge Thomas Estes only gave Becker two years of probation, while also being ordered to avoid drugs or alcohol and to stay away from his victims. 
While Becker has been ordered to submit to sex offender treatment programs, Judge Estes did not require him to register as a sex offender, meaning that no conviction will ever appear on his record, so long as he does not break his probation.

Black kids too young to be let into a PG 13 movie without adult supervision are tried as adults for for killing their abusers and given long sentences that completely ruin their lives. White adult men are given probation for raping two women. Because god forbid their lives be ruined for scarring two women for life.

Becker’s attorney Thomas Rooke applauded the judge’s decision, celebrating the fact that Becker “can now look forward to a productive life without being burdened with the stigma of having to register as a sex offender. The goal of this sentence was not to impede this individual from graduating high school and to go onto the next step of his life, which is a college experience. 
“We all made mistakes when we were 17, 18, 19 years old,” Rooke continued. “Putting this kid in jail for two years would have destroyed this kid’s life.”

Yes, we've all made mistakes. But clearly America has different standards for people when it comes to what is a "mistake" and what makes a person so dangerous that they have to be locked up for decades. White men destroying the lives of two women by consciously raping them over an extended period of time is a "mistake." Trying to protect yourself from abuse because you don't know any other way to get help? Prison. All the prison.

Not to mention the countless 18 and 19-year-old people of color arrested, prosecuted, and having their lives ruined for the mistake of possessing drugs. White man doesn't even have to register as a sex offender because oh no his poor future!

I'm tired.

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