Good morning! How is your week? Mine has been great, I have just returned from a mini-break in Philadelphia. I will tell you about that later. Today I am resuming my "Just Curious" posts and if it is a post that you do not normally read than skip ahead and I will see you back here Friday.
This week my mind has been on the sentencing of the former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious girl and sadly only received six months in the county jail.
My hair stood on end when I read an open letter penned by his father, stating that "his son's life is deeply altered...and he will never be the same happy go lucky self with that easy-going personality...his life will never be the one that he dreamed about... that his son is paying a high price for 20 minutes of action." ACTION? Sexual asset/rape is called "action?"
Not once did this man/dad mention the victim and how her life has been altered or how she will suffer for the rest of her life. Instead we are supposed to feel sorry for his son who committed a crime by sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Are you kidding me? I actually would like to feel sorry for this kid, but he has never shown an ounce of remorse, he changed his story twice and now neither he or his father can admit that he committed a crime but are referring to it as "sexual promiscuity."
I feel so sorry for the victim, not only for the fact that she was raped, but for everything she has had to go through in the last year while a case was prepared. Then the torment of showing up at a trial where she had to not only testify but had to see photos of herself naked and dirty on the worst night of her life all the while sitting next to her family and finally while she listened to the sentencing of this boy getting a 6 month punishment and while she received a life sentence.
If you want to know how the victim feels in her own words you can read her entire Victim's Impact Statement posted here. I spent 20 minutes reading a thoughtful, honest and compelling story of what happened before, during and in the year after this woman was assaulted. It is incredibly heartbreaking to read this poor woman's account not only of what she can remember, but how she was trashed in the courtroom by the defense. My heart goes out to her and every person who is assaulted. I hope that she can have a nice, happy life.
I am curious did you hear about the case or have an opportunity to read her statement? What did you think of the sentencing, the dads letter and her statement?
I realize that this is not a recipe, or a light hearted post but I find that my "Just Curious" posts open a dialog that is very interesting and I am always curious to hear other people thoughts on things that I am pondering.
I hope that you have a good day.