Tag Archives: criminal justice system

Let’s stop neglecting dating violence survivors

TweetIn the past few years, campus sexual assault has dominated headlines from The New York Times to USA Today, Rolling Stone to The Nation. Just last month, the White House released the It’s On Us anti-sexual assault campaign. All throughout, student activists have invoked the promise of Title IX to demand that their universities support [...]
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Rapist sentenced to do community service at a rape crisis center

Tweet Seriously? Who actually thought that would be a good idea? Well, apparently Dallas County District Judge Jeanine Howard did: A Texas judge who ordered a rapist to serve community service at a rape crisis center has been forced to reconsider the sentence. [...] According to The Dallas Observer, Young could have served 20 years in jail, [...]
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Rich white man gets no jail time for raping his three-year-old daughter because he “will not fare well” in prison

Tweet*Trigger warning* I can’t really imagine a story that more perfectly illustrates how totally broken the criminal “justice” system in the US is. Robert H. Richards IV, a rich unemployed heir to a chemical baron fortune who lives off his trust fund, was convicted of raping his three-year-old daughter. He also allegedly admitted to abusing [...]
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Marissa Alexander now could face 60 years in prison for defending herself

TweetThe state of Florida seems determined to punish Marissa Alexander for defending herself. You may recall that in the fall, the black mother who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot into a wall to scare off her abusive husband, was granted a retrial. She was released, after three years in [...]
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Punishing survivors won’t stop sexual violence

Tweet Earlier this week, the Daily News reported that a Cowlitz County, Washington survivor of an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault, perpetrated by her ex-boyfriend and an accomplice, was jailed when she refused to cooperate with the prosecutors on the case. The story didn’t rise to the forefront of feminist news until feminist writer Amanda Marcotte [...]
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