It’s always criminal

Brock Turner. Media has been going ballistic over his case. And they should be. If you don’t know about this man, he raped a girl behind a dumpster after she passed out. That’s basically all you need to know.

Some people focus on the fact that they were drinking, and  she had a little too much to drink. But the thing is, alcohol shouldn’t matter. Sure, it can make people more confident or social, but it does not make people do things they don’t want to.

I’m going to give a little spiel on consent.

According to West Virginia University’s Title IX Definition, consent is “(an) agreement, approval, or permission as to some act or purpose that is given knowingly, willingly, and voluntarily by a competent person. A person is not competent and therefore lacks the ability to consent where there is either forcible compulsion or incapacity to consent. A person is deemed incapable of consent when that person … mentally incapacitated, or physically unable to resist. It is important to remember that silence, by itself, cannot constitute consent. Consent to one sexual act does not constitute or imply consent to a different sexual act. Previous consent cannot imply consent to future sexual acts. Consent is required regardless of the parties’ relationship status or sexual history together.

So, given this definition, Turner sexually assaulted a woman. His “20 minutes of action” was more than enough to throw him in jail. The woman he violated was unconscious and physically unable to resist.

According to California law, he isn’t considered a rapist because the law states that a man is labeled as a rapist if he penetrates another person with his penis without consent. DNA testing showed Turner used a “foreign object.”

The minimum sentence for sexual assault is one to two years and a maximum of seven. Prosecutors sought six years for his sentence. The judge gave him six months. He served three.

This. Is. Rape. Culture. He violated a woman and he gets out early on “good behavior” and because the judge was worried about the “severe impact” it would have on him.

Ashley May, from USA Today, wrote that Martha Stewart served five months for lying to investigators about a stock sale; Teresa Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey served 11 months for tax fraud; a man charged with possession of 5.9 grams of weed in 2012 is serving out his sentence of 20 years.

But I guess the assault of a woman isn’t as big of a deal. It’s only sex, right? She probably wanted it, right? She was drunk and was probably flirting with him. She probably even liked it.

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Nope, that’s bullshit. This. Is. Rape. Culture.

Everyone – and Turner –  should watch this video which was shown at my university during a Title IX training seminar. It’s about consent and how easy it is to understand.

We need to end the perpetuation of rape culture. We need justice.

 

My heart goes out to all victims of sexual violence, especially the young woman who was effected in this particular case. Please reach out to organizations like RAINN, Women Helping Women or After the Silence if you or someone you know has been a victim.
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