Target: Bryan Taylor, Prosecuting Attorney for Canyon County
Goal: Ensure maximum sentencing for man arrested on a felony rape charge.
A man is awaiting trial after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman, even after she told him “no” and tried to fight him off. Court documents reveal that the woman told police that the man, Austin Michael Brown, invited her to his home and forced her upstairs. He physically picked her up and carried her to the bedroom, where he then forcibly removed her clothes and reportedly raped her. Even when she repeatedly told him to stop and attempted to fight him off, he held her down and kept going.
At first, Brown denied to detectives that he’d had sex with the woman. Later, though, he admitted to the incident, and tried to argue that he’d been under the impression it was consensual. He said that even though the woman had told him “no” multiple times, it wasn’t a “hard no.”
Clearly, this man has no remorse for his actions, and cannot be allowed to roam free and continue treating women this way. It is time for a message to be sent that women’s voices count, that their consent matters, and that no means no. Sign the petition below to ensure that this man is given the sentence he deserves.
Dear Mr. Taylor,
A man in your jurisdiction will soon be returning to court after being charged with felony rape. Austin Michael Brown is accused of a woman down and raped her as she struggled, ignoring her pleas for him to stop. According to Brown, even though she repeatedly told him “no,” it wasn’t a “hard no,” so in his mind his actions were justified.
Brown invited the woman to his home, and when she arrived he allegedly carried her upstairs and forcibly removed her clothing. Reports say that he had sex with her against her will, and at first he denied it when talking to detectives. However he later reneged on this statement and admitted to having sex with her, but told police that he thought it was consensual.
This man should not be allowed to walk free and continue acting in this way. Not only does his victim deserve justice and his neighbors deserve protection, but the voices of women in general also deserve to be respected. To let Brown off with anything less than the maximum sentence would send the message that consent does not matter. Please do not allow that to happen. I urge you to push for this man to receive the appropriate punishment for his terrible crime.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Canyon County Jail