People from all over the United States are outraged with the sentencing of two young men found guilty of raping an unconscious woman.
Stanford University, known for being an elite and very prestigious college had reported cases of 26 sexual assaults from 2012-2015, leading up to former swimmer (white) Brock Turner’s rape of an woman. On January 17, 2015 Turner was caught raping an intoxicated unconscious woman behind a dumpsters before two eye witness stopped intervene.
Turner was sentenced last week to six months in jail at a local prison and three years of probation after being convicted of three felonies. The judge even told him he can be released in as little as three months on good behavior. Turner had no remorse for his crime, blaming the “party culture” for influencing him to rape the victim.
“The night of January 17th changed my life and the lives of everyone involved forever,” Turner wrote, adding that he’s lost two jobs based on the reports surrounding his criminal charges. “I wish I never was good at swimming or had the opportunity to attend Stanford, so maybe the newspapers wouldn’t want to write stories about me.” Turner said in a recent statement obtained by The Guardian.
The other young man that raped an unconscious woman is (black) Cory Batey, a 19-year old football player at Vanderbilt. Security cameras show him carrying an unconscious woman into a dorm and sexually assaulting her. Cellphone videos and pictures have been obtained as evidence of the sexual assault.
This past April, Batey was found guilty of three felony counts including aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Batey, was sentenced to a minimum of 15-25 years in prison.
Both men are guilty of their crimes. However one will spend the rest of his life in prison while the other will be home in time for Thanksgiving of THIS YEAR!
Black men consistently pay the harshest and hardest price for crimes they commit AND are guilty for. I am not justifying Batey crime, he deserves to be in prison for what he has done to that woman. However, it is not fair for him Turner to receive a slap on the wrist for doing the exact same crime.
Yes, this is a post about race because racism is blatantly obvious in the sentencing of both cases. The justice system has no problem sending people to prison, but I guess in order to beat the system you have to be white and privileged.
What are your thoughts on this?
- Imari W
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