I’m not quite sure what a local judge was thinking when she sentenced a confessed rapist to work at a rape crisis center.
But based on community outrage, neither do you.
It’s this week’s Uncut commentary.
Judge Jeanine Howard has a reputation for creative sentencing. Sometimes, that can be a good thing; assist those who express true remorse.
But in this case, when the attacker confessed to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old, she settled on a mix of probation, jail time, and 250 hours of community service at a rape crisis center.
Fortunately, the center had better sense and some strict rules for volunteers: no criminal backgrounds whatsoever. So community service there is out.
In an newspaper interview, the judge has said the girl already had multiple sex partners and had texted the then-18-year-old assailant about having sex, so she wasn’t such an innocent victim.
Well judge, 14 year olds say and do a lot of dumb things. But the punishment for young people doing dumb things shouldn’t be easing up on the assailant or blaming the victim.
There’s a reason we don’t want 14 year olds to vote, or drive, or drink alcohol, and a reason we punishment people for having sex with them.
Number one, because they’re still kids. And number two, because adults (and 18 is an adult) should know better.
I do hope the defendant in this case turns his life around. And the victim, as well.
Those are my thoughts, tell me yours at firstname.lastname@example.org.