This week on Black Law and Legal Lies Ann, Becky, and Dan are joined by Tyrone from “around the way.”
How we buy eggs in New Orleans.
The crew had no idea that Dan hit record just as Ann was telling us about an altercation she had with another Sam’s Club shopper in the parking lot.
Rape Culture and Crime.
Tyrone is a fairly recent graduate of an unnamed predominantly white, upper class university in the northeast. Since most of his classmates were affluent white males, we wanted to bring him in on Rape Culture since it appears white affluent males get slaps on the wrist for sexual crimes.
For instance, we revisit:
1. Brock Turner – Stanford swimmer who was caught sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Brock Turner was sentenced to 6 months in jail but only served 3 months. He’s currently seeking a retrial.
2. David Becker – East Longmeadow High School student and athlete who sexually assaulted two girls at a party by penetrating each of them with his finger as they slept. David Becker plead to two counts of indecent assault and battery of a person older than age 14. His sentence was 2 years probation. If he completes his probation without further incident, he will not be required to register as a sex offender and the charges will not appear on his criminal record.
3. Alton Wilkerson – University of Colorado student who took an intoxicated woman back to his off campus apartment where he sexually assaulted her. He was found guilty and sentenced to 2 years of work release, meaning he was free to go to school/work but had to report back to jail for the night. He was also sentenced to 20 years probation and is required to remain on the sexual offenders registry for at least 20 years.
In these three incidents the perpetrators were affluent white males and were given slaps on the wrist for crimes that black men would be crucified for. Each of us know at least one person of color, if not more, who is currently serving years in prison for non-violent and non-sexual crimes, such as drugs.
Rape isn’t a culture, it’s a crime.
Dan explains that he doesn’t agree with the term Rape Culture being used to describe rape and sexual assault because it unfairly paints with too broad of a brush. He does acknowledge that rape and sexual assault is definitely an issue and he sympathizes with the victims, but calling rape a culture isn’t accurate, it’s a crime. He likens rape culture to assault and battery culture, breaking and entering culture, animal cruelty culture, and child abuse culture. All are illegal, criminal acts carried out by individuals.
Ask an Attorney.
We apologize that we didn’t have the opportunity this week to read through listener submitted questions so we came up with our own.
What should someone do after being a victim of a sexual crime?
I Am Evidence.
Becky briefly shares that there is a documentary called I Am Evidence, which explores the backlog of actually testing collected rape kits. Some women have been waiting for years for justice but their rape kits are just sitting on a shelf collecting dust… sometimes for years.