Worse than Brock Turner.
When people are convicted of crimes of sexual assault, a great deal of stigma follows them. In the case of repeat offenders, this stigma can allow for potential victims to avoid those who have a criminal history of sexual assault or abuse. However, living with a life of stigma is by no means the same as spending time in prison. For some, it may seem that the stigma is worse than prison, but we beg to differ.
One California judge decided that the stigma was punishment enough, however, so he sentenced a 20-year-old man to a small sentence that critics are calling worse than the disgrace of a punishment handed to Brock Turner.
This act of sexual assault seems to have been premeditated. This 20-year-old man gave his 16-year-old sister high potency dabs of marijuana. As she continued to grow more and more intoxicated, he continued to proposition her for sexual acts.
Eventually, she became so “out of it” that she didn’t recognize the man was her brother.
The man pleaded guilty to rape of a drugged person. In addition to that, a report read that he “showed no real remorse and seemed smug,” according to CNN.
Despite the fact that he owned up to his crime and even seemed to have no regret for his actions, the judge decided on a lenient ruling for some dubious reasons.
According to this California judge, the “stigma” of being a convicted perpetrator of sexual assault outweighs the penalty that this man should have received. He felt that this stigma would prevent the perpetrator and other potential perpetrators from ever assaulting again.
After 120 days in jail, this man will walk free, with nothing but “stigma” stopping him from assaulting again.