Remorse will not erase the memory of being pinned down while someone tries to remove your clothing without consent.
Remorse will not remove the emotional scars caused by sexual assault.
Remorse will not scrub away the crushing pain that builds in the chest of the victim when she or he finds that her assailant will be sentenced to serve six months for an act that should cost much longer. After all, that night will be a burden she carries her entire life.
Brock Turner was released from jail three months earlier than his six month ruling for good behavior and “sincere remorse.” His remorse, his age, his intoxication levels that night are all inconsequential details involving his case.
The most horrific factor of this case, is that Turner’s light sentence is not abnormal. Men and women get away with rape everyday. In fact, during the three months that Turner was in jail, an estimated 75,000 American women were raped.
Sadly, that number does not account for the number of people who do not report sexual abuse—a number Turner’s victim could have been a part of. Many people are scared of prosecution, defamation and the ignorant questions judges, lawyers and jurors have been known to ask. Questions like:
What were you wearing?
What is your sexual history?
Were you drinking?
When a victim climbs into the witness seat and looks into the eyes of her attacker, she is exposed and vulnerable just as she was in the moment of her abuse. It is exceedingly vital that rapists and sexual abusers receive adequate sentencing for the sake of the victim, and future victims.
Turner was found guilty of three felony sexual assault charges. A felony is defined as a “a crime, typically one involving violence, regarded as more serious than a misdemeanor, and usually punishable by imprisonment for more than one year or by death.”
The judge who presided over Turner’s case, Aaron Persky, delivered a six-month sentence under the pretense that anything longer would cause a “severe impact” on Turner’s life. The complete disregard of the impact on the victim’s life screams how little America values its women and the significance of their lives.
Turner’s original sentence was ludicrous. However, he was released three months earlier than prescribed.
In California, The Department of Corrections has the ability to reduce a felony sentence by one-third for good behavior and participation. A man who attempted to rape an unconscious woman was able to leave jail—a place he should have called home—in three months.
It can happen in Texas too.
While Texas’s rules and regulations regarding sentencing and corrections are stricter than California’s, it is possible for an offender to receive a reduced sentence while in jail.
Texas law views good conduct time as a privilege and not a right. Inmates can accrue good conduct time for a reduced sentence under parole or mandatory supervision—which is bad for victims even if the defendant is found guilty.
The likelihood of someone committing the same act at Texas State and receiving the same judicial treatment as Turner is slim, but not completely implausible.
To combat rape and sexual abuse, it will take the combined efforts of men and women across the nation coupled with judicial change.
Rape is rape, and it cannot be fixed with remorse.
Original article posted by Texas University Star
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