Rage Might Be What This Is

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Today’s the day. The day that Rapist Brock Turner is set to depart his joke of a sentence and return to my home state. I’ve never met him-and I hope I never do. But nonetheless I woke up this morning sick to my stomach with the understanding that a human being I have grown to hate (is that strong enough?) is about to live just an hour away from me. I’ve been looking at news articles and I have a few thoughts and links. This is the most informal thing I may do on the subject.

So first, a video from sexual assault survivors about what think think of Rapist Brock Turner. It’s sad, but the second half is really what I’m talking about.

Four Women Speak Out on Bustle.
And I’m going to highlight this article that I found this morning simply because I think it hits on a really important point.

Rapist Brock Turner Comes to Ohio
Okay, so I know these articles are so hard to get through. Especially for people who have lived through these scenarios. I understand. And you don’t have to read these if you can’t. I’m going to pull a quote from this article though (no triggers).

Still, despite the publicity dogging the case, some of the Turners’ neighbors in their leafy, upper-middle-class neighborhood were not familiar with the case nor knew that the family lived in the area. Others who knew about the case were hesitant to talk publicly about it. Several people in the neighborhood said they didn’t want to comment.

One more quote, becasue it emphasizes my frustration.

While the woman who spoke to The Daily Beast believed Turner should be serving more time, she also said he did not deserve to be vilified in the media.

EXCUSE ME?

First off, I know that the news can be brutal-but this rapist needs to be public knowledge. In fact, all rapists need to be public knowledge-that’s why we have a sex offender list. And if you think for one moment that he will refrain from doing something like this again, you’re not using the sense you were born with. You’re not protecting your children and you are teaching them that they have a safe place to return to in the event that they become criminals. You are no different than those who harbor fugitives. Ignorance is not a fortress with which you can protect yourself from unpleasant-at-best information. And I’ve met people EVEN TODAY who don’t know who Rapist Brock Turner is. And that infuriates me. I don’t even have a television and I’ve been following this story the ENTIRE time. (Now I know, this is my “hot button” but this is important stuff!!!)

So why am I furious? Well, because he’s not the only one. My news feeds are littered with rapists and domestic abusers who have garbage sentences because they want to “go to college” or “are star athletes”.  That mindset starts in high school. My high school was very football centric. Do you think I didn’t see athletes use that to their advantage? Use their coaches to talk to teachers about changing grades so that they could play? Use their “star status” to get out of trouble? And it worked. Why? 

Because our society respects athletes more than it does the rights of other human beings. We attribute super-human respect to people who are faster, stronger, more muscled than the rest and we let them go about and do as they please because why? Becasue physical aggression is a “sign” of masculinity. It has to stop. 

As a college student, it is not safe to be on campus without some form of protection.

As a woman, it is not safe to be anywhere without some form of protection (and maybe even then).

As a human being, it is not safe to be so opinionated against societal norms.

As someone who has seen human depravity and been at the receiving end of it-I cannot accept this as being okay.

It’s gonna be a hard day for a lot of people. For the Stanford rape survivor. For everyone who has gotten a similar verdict for their suffering. For people like the four women in the video. For people who just want to believe in but cannot see jusctice. May your fears take it easy on you today and may you find some peace.

If you make it through all of that, the other news stories of the day include a 23 year old man receiving a garbage sentence for molesting a child and a gang-raping group of athletes whose lawyers have claimed that by the victim being anonymous, her claims of being raped aren’t real. My rage knows no limits here and I am at a loss for words as to the depths of disdain I have at this today.

23 Year Old
Athletes’ Lawyer Is An Equal Monster
Have a safe and beautiful weekend everyone. May happiness follow you wherever you go.

Call It What It Is: Injustice

The article I’m focusing on today can be found: here.

Yesterday the article came out which read eerily like one I focused on a little while ago about a certain Rapist Brock Turner.

******A personal statement: Instead of referring to these people as “college students”, “athletes”, “twenty-somethings” or any other adjective, I am calling them by the title they have given themselves by their actions: rapists. I do not apologize for this decided behavior, just as they do not apologize for theirs. I refuse to conform to the media’s manner of “humanizing”. I will call it like I see it. Also, I think it goes without saying, but trigger warning, sexual assault and rape.******

The summary of this article is that Rapist Austin Wilkerson assaulted an unconscious woman. He told his friends he was going to “take care of her” and he ADMITTED to assaulting her while she was heavily intoxicated and “unconscious”. While this story is far from unfamiliar, it is not the injustice I’m calling out specifically. I’m calling out the sentence (or lack thereof) for this case. Rapist Austin Wilkerson was given the sentence of “two years of so-called “work release” and 20 years to life on probation”. (For comparison-the state of Colorado has a “normal” sentence for this crime as: 4 to 12 years in state prison.) He got community service and probation for forcing himself on someone, taking away their privacy and intimacy. He took their confidence, their innocence, their way of looking at the world and all that will happen to him is a finger wag and a “don’t do that again”.
Rapist Austin Wilkerson reportedly changed his story under oath multiple times.

And yet his punishment wasn’t anything more than a time-out.

If you can stomach it, I invite you to read the article and just how much his story changed, his case outcome in comparison to his actions and to reflect on what this means as a whole. What it means for our society, for victims of crimes everywhere.

And I want to highlight the Judge’s thoughts- so that we can examine what it is that led us here. “I don’t know that there is any great result for anybody. Mr Wilkerson deserves to be punished, but I think we all need to find out whether he truly can or cannot be rehabilitated.”

The victim asked for as much mercy as her rapist showed her that night. But justice was not found in that courtroom.

The one piece of solace I take is that at least this young woman had the lawyers she did. Because they did their jobs. One of them even went on record saying: “These young, college-age offenders who perpetrate rape on campus are getting some sort of privileged discount … compared to other violent offenders. We’re not entirely surprised [about the outcome of the trial], but we’re certainly disappointed.”

I can’t sit here and write these responses without feeling the anger and frustration of a hundred thousand women before me, fighting for justice. I can’t sit here and read these articles without listening to the screams of a thousand silenced voices, pleading for their rights. Something must change.

To the victim of this crime, I want you to know that you are not alone. There is an army of people behind you. You have met with the most repulsive depths of the human condition and have risen above it. Always Keep Fighting.