Worse than Brock Turner.
A Dangerous Precedent
Rulings like this are grabbing national headlines more and more, as judges make considerably dubious decisions about how to address sexual assault in court.
A similar case took place for Brock Turner, a Stanford swimmer. He received a lenient ruling after sexually assaulting an unconscious woman because the judge thought his young age and lack of criminal activity meant he deserved lighter sentencing.
The Wrong Message
The lawyer defending the man’s victim believed that the case was even worse than that of Brock Turner. District Attorney Dale P. Trigg is quoted by CNN saying, “The message that this sends to our community is that sexual predators who get their juvenile siblings stoned enough can have sex with them without any meaningful consequence. That is not the message I want to send to our community.”
With rulings like this growing more and more high-profile, it seems that the time is coming for Americans to confront the way that they are allowing sexual assault to be addressed. As more rulings like this are laid down, the message goes out that, with the right lawyers, you can be guilty of sexual assault and walk, which creates a dangerous world for victims.