Target: Eastern Hampshire District Court Court Judge Thomas Estes
Goal: Denounce the decision to give zero jail time to a man charged with raping two women.
An 18-year-old man was recently charged with raping two women in one night and was only given probation. Worse, if he upholds the conditions of his probation, his case will be dropped and he won’t have to add his name to the sex offender registry. All this man has to do is not use drugs or alcohol and avoid contact with his victims for two years, and it all goes away.
This court decision comes months after the controversial case of Brock Turner, who was caught raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster and only given six months in jail. This latest case, involving the 18-year-old high school student David Becker, further adds to the evidence that white men are routinely treated with leniency after being convicted of heinous sexual offences.
This is the kind of thing that tells potential rapists that they can get away with their actions and that rape isn’t actually a serious crime. This young man took these messages to heart to the point that he came to be known as “David the Rapist” by his friends, according to one of his victims. The fact that he could get off with no real consequences just through some decent behavior will only serve to reinforce this further and leaves a dangerous man free to assault more people.
These kinds of rulings cannot be tolerated for one more day. Sign our petition to harshly denounce the judge who implemented this utter miscarriage of justice.
Dear Judge Estes,
I was appalled to hear your decision regarding David Becker, a young man charged with raping two women at the same time while they were unconscious. After the outrage around the sentencing of Brock Turner who was given only six months in jail for raping one unconscious woman, how could you let Beck off with only probation?
According to one of the victims, this was not just a “mistake”–not that consciously raping women over a period of several minutes could ever be thought of as a mistake. However, in the case of Becker, he was reportedly referred to as “David the Rapist” by his friends. By giving him only probation and allowing the case to be dropped and his name to be kept off of the sex offender registry if he completes his probation, you’re reinforcing the idea that people can rape others and get away with it.
You’ve created a complete miscarriage of justice. These women were violated and now face any and all of the trauma-induced psychological illness associated with being a victim of rape for the rest of their lives while their attacker could spend the rest of his life with no real consequences. You’re now responsible for promoting rape culture, and the people won’t stand for it.
[Your Name Here]
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