Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

Gymnovosti posted on how rape is viewed in former Soviet Union nations. Things are even worse there for girls and women than in the west.

The protection afforded rapists there, however, reminded me of the protection afforded American Football stars.  🙁

_____ originally posted June 2016

I’m worried when gymnasts – male and female – go off to University.

College athletes have, at least, a support system on arrival. A team. Coaches and staff looking out for them.

You would never have seen Brock Turner’s face if he had been sentenced 3-5 years. Or more. He could’ve gotten 14 years.


When he was sentenced only 6 months people asked:

• Is it because he’s a Stanford student?
• Is it because he’s a scholarship athlete?
• Is it because he’s white?

This case led me to read Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer.

The acclaimed author researched 230 rapes in town, most of which either weren’t prosecuted or the prosecutions were bungled. Most rapists walked away without punishment.

This guy did go to trial.  If I were on the jury I would have found star quarterback Jordan Johnson guilty of rape.

Jordan Johnson

Instead the state of Montana paid Johnson $245,000 under a settlement where he agreed to drop claims that the school and its officials mishandled the investigation against him.

This guy – Brandon Vandenberg – former Vanderbilt football player,  was found guilty for his role in the gang rape of an unconscious female student in 2013.

Brandon Vandenburg

Only one of his rapes. He was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

The Department of Education has an investigation ongoing into 192 universities alleged to be mishandling sexual-assault complaints.

A good gift for a student going away to University for the first time would be this book – Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

Most young people don’t know the law. Are clueless when it comes to date rape. Acquaintance rape. 😦

related – my full review of the Krakauer’s book

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5 thoughts on “Rape and the Justice System in a College Town”

  1. The rape culture of university thing has been way WAY overplayed. Look at all the hoaxes. Notwithstanding this actual crime. The media loves this student on student, “privileged kid” rapist meme. Duke lacrosse, UVA hoax girl, mattress hoax girl, etc.

    Also, the media is in LOVE with finding a white rapist and extremely unwilling to publicize black or Mexican rapists (often omitting to give the race of black criminals or the names of Mexican ones).

    And note the official crime statistics show black men are 8 times more likely to commit rape in general than white men. And the rate of black on white rape versus white on black rape is even more dramatically lopsided:

    http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cvus0702.pdf (see table 42)


    1. One. You are a rape culture apologist and a racist. Not acceptable. Two. The FBI findings state that false reports – which is not the same thing as saying it didn’t happen in legal speak – is somewhere between 2-8%. That is the EXACT same statistic as any other crime. But when it’s rape? Every woman who reports must be lying according to horrible people like you. Further, government agencies posit 66% of rape goes unreported. Why? Because of people like you. Why in the world would a woman report when she’ll be met with this sort of damaging, painful response? For every single publicized case you mention, there are – at minimum – 33 other people, mostly girls, who report and 66 who do not. And of the 33 people, again mostly women, who report? Maybe, maybe 8 of the perpetrators will be convicted. And the men who are victims? A minuscule amount in the reporting bracket. Because of rape culture. Because of people like you.

      This case against this infantile, entitled, affluenza athlete is getting attention because the sentence was far, far, far too light. Had he been a minority, he’d have gotten the full sentence. He was, after all, convicted by a jury of 12 people for three felony sexual assault charges. I do not care what the race of a rapist is, no one should care. Instead, we should be talking about how to teach children that rape is never acceptable. That there are severe emotional consequences for the victim and how to support him or her, without subjecting them to further victimization.

      Rick, I like your blog a lot, and visit often. But you should add trigger warnings in the body of this post, and specifically about the above poster’s comment.



      1. Thanks Safety. Of course lying eyes is wrong. That old way of thinking is what needs to be eradicated.

        I suspect it’s a person who cares nothing about Gymnastics. But who trolls posts on this topic wherever they are found to take exception.

        I don’t often edit comments on this site, however. Trying to respect freedom of speech.

        If it helps, almost nobody sees the comments. They are deliberately hidden from the vast majority of people scrolling the site.


  2. People are so quick to try to say the victim is lying. Every witness or victim to a crime has inconsistencies in their memory. If it’s a rape victim with inconsistencies, it’s treated like the crime didn’t happen. There was a case a few years ago where a woman reported a rape, was pressured into recanted and required to pay a fine. Somebody went to the trouble of making a website with her real name, etc on it calling her a liar. Fast forward a few years later and the guy who raped her had gone on to rape like five other woman.

    Think of how many times this this type of thing could’ve happened where the rapist wasn’t a serial rapist. The rapist gets away scot free because the victim is pressured into recanting. When they talked about the low conviction rape for the police department that pressured this woman into recanting, it gives you chills. How many other cases did they botch? The ignored all the evidence at the scene and pressured the victim over her inconsistencies instead and it allowed the guy to get away and commit multiple other rapes. Terrible.

    The victim that they fined was able to get some money out of the police department that bungled her case. But I wish the subsequent victims could sue their asses too! I also wonder how that person who made a website calling her a liar feels. I wonder if they ever even apologized.


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