Bad and/or stressful events happen in the world all the time. I just can’t seem to ignore the ongoing race for the next president of the United States that won’t have an end in sight for at least another five more months. I also remain furious as our justice system continues to let down rape victims by giving rapist Brock Turner only six months in jail, for raping an unconscious woman last year. As of recent, the year of losing musical talent continues; this time, from gun violence.
It’s a lot to go off of that can bring many spirits down, which is why today’s post is being kept short, in the matters of giving something to read and giving something to do.
In regards to the woman who’s had to face the ordeal of getting her rapist behind bars for over a year now and is still be overlooked in court as the one who truly deserves justice: If you haven’t read her 12-page statement already, read it. It goes into really graphic detail, and it’s evident that this is something that she’ll never 100% recover from. But it’s still worth the read, for it gets to the heart of the matter of why Turner’s sentencing is not at all enough for what he has done.
I recommend it, especially for men out there, for it’s through this account that really details how you should not treat a woman. She’s not an object, she’s not your property, she’s not less than you, and she’s not someone who owes you anything. The fact that there are men out there who still think like that need to get their sh** together.
If you’ve been following this case, then you also know that there are two petitions going around right now online, to remove the biased judge overseeing this case. The last thing we want is someone making the calls, who feels bad not for the victim, but for her perpetrator. If you haven’t signed the petitions already, take a few minutes to sign them here and here.
I apologize for the heavy piece, but I felt the need to address this issue. I’ve been pretty quiet on the matter on social media, mainly because I’ve been so angry by it, I didn’t know what to say that hasn’t already been said about it. The least I can do is to get the word out about it; on both her statement and the petitions.
And for those who, for some reason, still don’t understand what the big deal is all about and that harsh punishment shouldn’t come to the rapist (or as his father would probably put it, “aspiring Olympian”), in “A Time to Kill” courtroom style, I want you to close your eyes and imagine for a moment: What would you do if the woman, who should have never had to go through this, was your daughter, or your sister, your best friend, your girlfriend, your wife, your mother? Wouldn’t you too want justice served?