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What The Fuck Is Going On With This Rape Case?

For those of you who haven’t heard. A twenty-year-old Stanford student/athlete has been given a short sentence on his crime of raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. The jury found him guilty, but the judge was lenient. The judge sympathized with the rapist and didn’t want to hurt his career. He believes (because the rapist had been intoxicated also) that the rape had simply been a misunderstanding and that not all campus rapes are actual rapes but just a miscommunication.

So basically, if you’re drunk, rape is okay because your morals are in question. This judge, and many other men like him, seem to think that when you’re drunk, your morals are so different that you get confused on if an unconscious woman is giving consent or not. Pretty sure I’ve never been so drunk that I thought about raping, hurting, or taking advantage of anyone. I’ve also never been a blackout drunk, but obviously, he wasn’t since he remembers the night and his recollection of the event was more valid than the victim’s memories. The judge makes a comment about how the victim “probably” flirted with the athlete and gave consent while drunk and then simply forgot. So this made up assumption with no proof or factual basis is more relevant to the case than the eye witnesses and the victim’s recollection.

There are constant campaigns in university campuses on the idea that women who are too drunk to walk cannot give consent. This isn’t a foreign concept. The rapist says that she was rubbing his back and he took that as further consent. I don’t think unconsciously grabbing someone who is raping you is considered consent. She could have been trying to push him away, but was too intoxicated to do anything about it. Even if his mind had been altered by the alcohol, wouldn’t this still make him a danger to society?

Now, people are outraged by this verdict from the judge so they are signing a petition to attempt to have him impeached. The fact that people are standing up with they are outraged now is changing our society in a big way. I feel that we are watching history unfold as we stand up against government officials in this way. No violence. We use the law against the law to fix our broken system.. I have a few questions on what this will bring. What will these petitions change about our society and government? People are now acting quicker and doing something about an event rather than standing by. What else will change? How will judges act now? Will officials become the right amount of scared or too much? Will we turn into an authoritative government?

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