How’s this for seriously warped – a Dallas County judge sentenced a 14-year-old girl’s rapist to probation because she thinks the victim is more promiscuous than she’s letting on.
State District Judge Jeanine Howard sentenced 20-year-old Sir Young (who was 18 at the time of the rape) to a five year probationary period which includes just 45 days of jail and community service, and ignored standard protocol of preventing the attacker from being near children, undergoing evaluation or attending treatment.
To put this into perspective, in January a destitute Australian single mum living in the US was jailed there for two years, for stealing food stamps to feed her hungry children.
Just to pour salt in the wound, she bizarrely ordered Young to perform his community service at a rape crisis centre – an unheard of punishment that many agree is wrong on multiple levels.
This all comes after Young pleaded guilty to raping the young girl at Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas, despite her telling him “no” and asking him to “stop” countless times. Young says afterwards, his victim said “Oh God, why did you do this?”. He recounted “I couldn’t even answer. I just said sorry numerous times because I just couldn’t believe I had did that.”
The victim is now 17-years-old, and says, “It would have been better for me to not say anything. I did what I was supposed to do. I went to the law about this situation. (But the sentence) says everything I went through was for nothing.”
Way to give young girls the confidence to stand up against assault, Judge.
Judge Howard told the Dallas Morning News that she passed down that particular sentence because medical records showed the victim had had three sexual partners and given birth before the rape occurred. The victim denies these claims, but the medical records have not been released.
In a further blow to our faith in humanity, she also claimed that Young was "not your typical sex offender." While obviously completely oblivious to the fact that statistically, most rapists aren't targeting drunk girls in dark alleyways, but actually know their victims.
Although the Judge has since been taken off the case, and the verdict is being reviewed, she believes, “There are rape cases that deserve life. There are rape cases that deserve 20 years. Every now and then you have one of those that deserve probation.”
We’re sure of two things: when a girl says “no” multiple times, she means it, and when a rapist gets sent to a rape crisis centre to serve probation, something is seriously up.
Let’s hope in Judge Howard’s absence, proper justice will be served.