Target: Judge Jeanine Howard
Goal: Denounce judge for rape sentence that implied victim was promiscuous
A 14-year-old girl was raped in her school by a 20-year -old classmate and his sentence has many in uproar. Instead of sentencing him to twenty years in prison, the rapist was given a 45 day sentence and five years of probation after publicly implying that the victim was promiscuous. Such a light sentence is sending the wrong message to rape victims, who may not come forward if they are sexually assaulted.
Judge Jeanine Howard was presiding over the case and stated in The Dallas Morning News that the victim “wasn’t the victim she claimed to be” and said the defendant, 20-year-old Sir Young “is not your typical sex offender.” The judge apparently based her sentence on the girl’s past three sexual partners and having giving birth to a baby. The sentence has sparked concern for other rape victims.
“We’re certainly concerned about the message that’s being sent to victims of sexual assault,” said Andrea Moseley, chief prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. “We expect that our victims will be protected and that their reputations will be protected and that they will feel safe in coming forward and reporting these crimes.”
The offender was convicted of sexual assault of a child, which is a second degree felony. The rape occurred in 2011, where Young was a classmate of the victim. He was ordered to serve 250 hours of community service at a rape crisis center, which again caused uproar. Upon hearing the news, the center refused to have Young work there, concerned that his presence would trigger rape survivors. The victim when reached for comment stated that she was devastated that “a judge… would go behind my back, would go find records and make those allegations she knows nothing about.”
Judge Howard should be denounced for her accusations and sentence. No means no, no matter how many sexual partners or children the victim has. The offender violated the law by having sex with a child and should have been punished immediately. Sign this petition and voice your concern to the judge.
Dear Judge Jeanine Howard,
I am absolutely appalled at the sentence you gave to the rape offender, Sir Young. Raping a child is not a light crime, and the sentence you gave is not strict enough for Young’s actions. I believe you are sending the wrong message to rape victims by discouraging them from reporting rape and you are promoting the culture of blaming the victim for the crimes of the offender.
I hope you are justly punished for your sentence and ruling. When a person says no, it should be respected, no matter their sexual history, children, or clothing.
[Your Name Here]
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