In the "I'm still pissed off that rapist Brock Turner is free" news:
I was thinking about this the other day...I used to be a caseworker at a juvenile prison. I was thinking about the many, many teens that I had on my caseload that were locked up longer than Brock Turner and the crimes that they committed. Oh, I definitely had some that deserved to be in jail for a long time. Most definitely. Some scary dudes.
I also had a kid that stole rollerblades from his next door neighbor's garage.
And, another who was arrested for possession of marijuana, the smallest amount possible that one can be cited for, but he was arrested for this same thing multiple times. He smoked pot. That seemingly was all he ever did wrong. It's illegal to smoke pot in Texas, and yes, there should be consequences for breaking the law. But, when I compare Brock Turner to this mary jane enthusiast, and the fact that this 16 year old was sent to a statewide juvenile jail for 9-12 months (minimum), and Brocky boy is out in 3, it just doesn't make sense.
Even the teens that were locked up for let's say "unlawful use of a motor vehicle" (they stole a car), again, they broke the law and should be punished. But, the victim of a car theft will not be scarred the rest of one's life to the capacity that Brock Turner's victim will. I know. I've had a car stolen. Those guys served longer sentences than Brock Turner.
In Texas (I'm speaking about Texas because that's where I was a caseworker), if a teen is tried, convicted, and sent to a juvenile justice institution, the minimum stay that he can receive is 9 months. For a teen convicted of the same crimes that Brock Turner was convicted, he'd be given a "determinate sentence" (the minimum of this served would be one year), and he'd be required to receive sex offender counseling before release. If he did not complete the required counseling and follow his case plan that included education and socialization skills, then he would not be allowed for parole review. He would serve years until this required treatment plan was adequately completed as deemed by the "treatment team" consisting of his caseworker, a teacher, a supervisory staff member (guard), and a medical staff member. He could potentially be transferred to adult prison once he turned the age of 18 or 19 (depending on the case) if he did not complete his treatment plan as required. He could not get time docked for "good behavior".
How can an adult, like Brock Turner, not be held as accountable as a teenager committing the same act of violence?
For a minute, when I was thinking about writing this post, I thought "hmmm aren't we tired of hearing about Brock or talking about him?" But, I realized, that we must continue talking about it. We mustn't let this become just another story that we accept. We must let our voices be heard again and again that we think that it is un-fucking-acceptable that a person can sexually assault another person while they are unconscious and can give absolutely no consent. We must let our voices be heard that when this rapist is caught in the act, stopped, arrested, charged, tried, and convicted that we do not accept his excuses and justifications. That we do not listen to his daddy about how his son shouldn't be judged based on "20 minutes of action". It can take less than 20 minutes to shoot and murder someone. Should that person not be judged for that action either, Mr. Turner? Ridiculous.
Not your usual fun confessions post, eh? Well, I'm still linking up with Nadine & Kathy anyway. Happy Humpday!