We have a seriously huge problem right now and it’s called rape. From what I can tell based on the case against Brock Turner, rape is for some very f*cked up reason tolerated in this country. Here’s how this works, if you have a vagina or know someone that does (so that makes every one of us) then you should be outraged by the outcome of the Stanford rape trial. No matter what. Not convinced yet? For a moment, pick one woman in your life; your sister, best friend, wife, girlfriend, daughter, mother, yourself, heck, the girl that bags your groceries every Sunday and imagine she is Emily Doe. Now, read Emily Doe’s letter and tell me if you think that six months is an appropriate sentence for someone that raped your unconscious loved one or you behind a dumpster. Well? This entire country needs to understand that handing a rapist a six month prison term is despicable and only sends the message that rape really isn’t that big of a deal in this country. Apparently a woman’s self worth and body is just up for grabs. Rape away because you may only get a half of a year of your life taken from you, especially if you are of a privileged background. But as Turner’s father so selfishly stated, it wasn’t rape, it was just “20 minutes of action”, right?
No matter how you choose to look at this situation, this young man raped this young woman. Drunk or not drunk, rape is rape. As a former college student, my friends and I went out all the time and got hammered. Often times that’s what you do in college. You go out, have fun and you get drunk. You don’t expect to go out, get drunk and get raped. That usually isn’t part of the agenda. And say you do get raped, one would think that your attacker would receive a punishment that fits the crime. You wouldn’t expect to endure the tremendous pain of being violated, have your most intimate body parts examined by a group of strangers and then to add insult to injury, have your attacker spend six months (if that) in jail as a punishment for raping you and violating your body. Nope. That’s called a slap on the wrist. And let’s all take a moment to ponder this. Some people argue, well it was his first offense. Ok, well he seemed to take a liking in raping women who were passed out…so how can we be so sure??? Can we be?
While reading the victim’s letter, I cried when she spoke about her sister. Because as a sister and as a friend, I would imagine one would place blame on themselves in this situation. I know I would. How could you not blame yourself? I know the sister will never read this, but regardless she should know that there are a sh*t load of people out there who are thinking about her as well. She too is a victim. She didn’t ask for this. She didn’t bring her sister to a party with high hopes that she would get assaulted. She too, like Emily Doe, went to the party to have fun, to dance, to be young and carefree for a night. That poor girl is in no way, shape or form responsible for the actions of this rapist. I hope one day soon, if she hasn’t already, she realizes that and her heart heals.
America, let’s all take a page out of the books of the men that saved Emily Joe. If it weren’t for them, who knows how much worse this situation could have gotten…as if it wasn’t already bad enough. In such a terrifying situation, these two men have restored my hope in the human race because that’s what we as people are suppose to do. We’re supposed to help each other, not hurt each other. Fortunately for them, they saw something and they did something. Those actions represent how a man is supposed to behave. 100,000,000%.
Now here is where YOU can make a change. There is power within social media. Thankfully, due to the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, powerful things can happen. We have a woman who was raped behind a dumpster while unconscious use her situation as a force of strength and a voice for all victims of rape and future rape victims. Because let’s be honest, this will happen again – especially if we let the world think six months is an appropriate sentence for a rapist. She turned a horrific situation into a platform to raise awareness for those that need a voice. Emily Doe is a hero. Whoever Emily Doe is, she is brave, she is strong, she is courageous. She told the world her ordeal as a rape victim, faced her assailant head on and I know it will make a change. But not entirely without our help. She can write a 1,200 page letter, but if we as citizens and supporters of Emily Doe don’t take the next step to help the cause, her efforts to educate and raise awareness could potentially go nowhere. Let’s not let our sister or mother, or niece or daughter, or best friend or school teacher have this happen to her. Let us, as a group of people who live in the same GD country, stand together and show our judicial system that we will NOT stand for this sh*t. Let our voice be louder and stronger than any rapist out there and force our system to make it be known that rape is not tolerated. EVER. Under any circumstances. Most importantly, let our voices be so loud that rapists are scared to rape. That no matter the situation, a woman is protected and defended in the face of a person who is only out to harm them. If we do not do what we need to as citizens, things will never change and future generations of women will continue to be assaulted, attacked and raped. Perhaps worse. That woman could be your daughter, she could be your best friend…that woman could be you – out for a night with friends who ends up getting raped in an alley behind a dumpster while passed out.
Do your part TSPeeps, go here and sign this petition to get Judge Persky removed from the bench so that we can give another judge an opportunity to set punishments that fit the crime to help deter future crimes against women. We have an opportunity here to make a change.
Please, whether you share this post or just the link to the petition, do something to help protect women. We appreciate it more than you know. Be safe, be vigilant. If you see something, do something. xo