I've never met Audrey Hayworth, a talented writer and blogger from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but we are friends through social media. We are inviting all bloggers across the country to join us in an important cause on Friday, September 2 to participate in the "You Can Rape Me because I'm Drunk" challenge. Yes, it's important.
We're referring to the fact that the Stanford Rapist (I refuse to mention his name) will be released from prison after only three months in jail for raping and illegally penetrating an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on the Stanford University ground on January 18th, 2014. He's free, unlike his victim.
He was caught in the act, arrested, and charged with five felony counts: rape of an intoxicated person, rape of an unconscious person, sexual penetration by a foreign object of an intoxicated woman, sexual penetration by a foreign object of an unconscious woman, and assault with intent to commit rape. He was found guilty on three charges, then Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced him to six months in Santa Clara County jail. He was facing a maximum sentence of 14 years, but will be released after serving only three months.
Perhaps the judge was swayed by the compelling letter written to the court by the guilty man's father. He described in agonized detail how his good son was so traumatized that he couldn't eat steak any more. Imagine the profound suffering!
As writers and bloggers, we owe it to our daughters and granddaughters to stand up against this ridiculous miscarriage of justice. Use your voice. Write and distribute a blog.
Suggested titles are as follows:
You Can Rape Me Because I'm Drunk
It Was Only Twenty Minutes of Action
Can He Eat Steak Now?
Only Three Months' Time Out
She was Asking for It!
Please join us on Friday and write and post a blog about this topic. Write for the victim or for yourself. Add it to every social media account you have and submit to other sites. Our testimony is our only defense. Help make the Stanford Rapist wish he were back in jail where he belongs. Finally, we can give a voice to our naked sister, bleeding and confused, violated on the dirty ground behind the dumpster.