Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Women's Safety, Well-Being, and Dignity Worth $400, Apparently

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE, RAPE CULTURE, DRUGGING]

Near the very top of things in this world that I hate the most is how leniently rich, white rapists are treated compared to, I dunno, your average person of color caught with a little bit of weed.

Former Frat President Accused Of Drugging And Raping Woman Fined $400 And Set Free

$400 is pocket change to this guy. He was also "sentenced" to counseling. Meanwhile his victim will have to pay a whole lot fucking more than $400 over a lifetime for the counseling she'll need because THIS GUY FUCKING RAPED HER.

“I am devastated by your decision to let my rapist Jacob Walter Anderson go free without any punishment,” Doe said to Texas State District Judge Ralph Strother in court, according to the “Today” show.  
The young woman then addressed Anderson directly, telling the former fraternity president he could’ve killed her. Doe originally told police she woke up alone and choking on her own vomit after the alleged rape.  
“It must be horrible to be you,” she said, “to know what you did to me, to know you are a rapist, to know that you almost killed me, to know that you ruined my life, stole my virginity and stole many other things from me.” 

She could have died. And he has to pay $400, check in with a probation officer every now and then, and gets counseling. This is thanks to a "plea deal" he accepted to avoid a minimum of two years in prison, which is still NOTHING for a crime as heinous, premeditated, and harmful as rape. His crime was reduced to "unlawful restraint," which is just complete and utter bullshit. There is no justice in this system.

The victim’s attorney, Vic Feazell, told local outlet KWTX, “I never, ever have seen such a sweetheart deal for a defendant like this,” adding, “It pays to be rich and white in McLennan County when you’re charged with a crime.” 
“Our entire system failed this young woman,” Feazell added in a statement to the “Today” show. “In 40 years of law practice, I’ve never seen anything like this.” 

Of course, the assistant DA made a bunch of excuses about "oh it's hard to prove." It's hard to prove because we've created a culture and system designed to make it "difficult to prove" and designed to put all the doubt and all the trauma of pursuing justice on the victim. Rape culture is when it's been common knowledge among experts for years that conflicting statements are the norm after something as intensely traumatizing as rape yet conflicting statements are counted against victims in our so-called "justice system."

“Conflicting evidence and statements exist in this case making the original allegation difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt,” she said. “As a prosecutor, my goal is no more victims. I believe that is best accomplished when there is a consequence rather than an acquittal. This offender is now on felony probation and will receive sex offender treatment, a result which was not guaranteed, nor likely, had we gone to trial.” 

Hilary, if this is the best that could be done, that is the saddest thing I've heard in a long, long time. Also, there will definitely be more victims. We still haven't found a way to rehabilitate rapists. Stop trying to make yourself feel better. The truth is probably that you were pressured/bribed to give this rapist a slap on the wrist by his rich daddy. All his future victims are on you. And him, of course, but also you.

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