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How is it that a man who raped and assaulted an unconscious woman behind a dumpster only spent three months behind bars? How has the American justice systemallowed this to happen?

I don’t know what’s worse: the way the media is painting Brock Turner out to be an innocent athlete, or the fact that he just got offered to speak at college campuses around the U.S. to speak about drinking and promiscuity?

Over and over again the media has made Turner out to be a good kid who just so happened to sexually assault a woman who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and will not use the correct terminology in labeling him.

Do not refer to him as the “Stanford swimmer,” as the “hardworking student” — he is not. Turner lost those prestigious titles the second he decided it was okay to rape. Before he is an athlete, a student, or a son, he is a rapist. And we must label him as such.

Because what happens when you push his crime to the side and instead choose to focus on the positive aspects of his life? His crime diminishes and his status rises. I don’t give a fuck if he was a good swimmer. I also don’t give a shit if his parents, friends, or school mates insist he’s a good person who got caught up in something bad and didn’t mean what he did. I simply don’t care.

Why do we let rapists get away without being called what they are?

On top of that, news just released that he might have the opportunity for a speaking tour in which he could be going around the country to talk about his experience.

I can’t speak on this subject and simply ignore that Turner is a straight, white, affluent male. That would defeat the purpose. If Turner were a black man — or any man of color — in this situation, you can certainly bet he would not be offered opportunities to justify his actions. If Turner was not white, he would be serving a long, gruelling sentence behind bars.

Rapists should not be given the opportunity to justify their horrific actions. Rapists should not be allowed out in public. Rapists should not be given sympathy for physically and emotionally scarring other people.

I’m tired of hearing about white rapists in the media who are labelled as anything but. I don’t care if they painted themselves as good people, if they were athletes, helped an old lady cross the street once — I don’t care. Call them what they are, and do not shy away from it.

Turner deserves to spend the rest of his life in a jail cell, but because of his privilege, he will probably never set foot in prison ever again. And he will most likely continue his offender practices, it is just a matter of whether or not he will get caught. You don’t just stop being a rapist.

I hope the woman he assaulted and her family get the justice they deserve, but it doesn’t seem like that is likely to happen. And I can’t say I am the least bit surprised. These sort of cases don’t shock me anymore.