I know this isn’t STEM-related but I don’t want it to be forgotten.
In case you’ve somehow missed it (or time has moved on), last year a woman was raped while unconscious and the rapist was caught in the act. Because he was a ‘good guy’, rather than impose even the minimum sentence of 2 years for his crimes, the judge decided to give him 6 months in a county jail with the possibility of early release for good behaviour.
There’s been an international outcry over the pathetic sentencing and even more outcry over the complete lack of self-awareness offered by the rapist or his family and friends.
Unsurprisingly there’s been a lot written about this and I wanted to share a few of the more interesting article I’ve seen. I’ll start with the victim’s statement which is incredibly tough to read but should be read by every single person. The description of the aftermath and what it’s done to her and her family is heartbreaking.
Less heartbreaking is the rapist’s ‘apology’ which is full of self-pity. I will admit I haven’t read more than a few excerpts because I value my laptop and fear that reading more than that will cause me to throw it through a window in disgust. This article does a nice deconstruction of the problems with it.
In light of the media attention the two passers-by who spotted the crime and stopped it have spoken out about what they saw.
This article puts the case into context, showing how it highlights rape culture and juxtaposing against another case to highlight institutional racism.
Vox have a long but worthwhile article looking at why this case has become so widely discussed.
Finally, this article shares a powerful blogpost from the husband of a rape victim, explaining how the trauma has affected her (it was written at her urging).