Letters to the Editor

Rape case leniency repeats sexism

Paul Harrison, center, carries a sign of protest during Stanford University graduation exercises at Stanford Stadium, on Sunday. A juror in the trial of Brock Turner, who was sentenced to six months in jail for rape, said he was appalled by the lenient sentence.
Paul Harrison, center, carries a sign of protest during Stanford University graduation exercises at Stanford Stadium, on Sunday. A juror in the trial of Brock Turner, who was sentenced to six months in jail for rape, said he was appalled by the lenient sentence. Associated Press

Rape is a crime which is marginalized by many men in our equal opportunity country. When so-called men, such as Brock Turner, the swimmer-rapist, and Judge Persky, et al, condone this life-changing crime by doling out short sentences, women are treated as chattel.

People are shocked by Bill Cosby's scandalous life because of the good person that he portrayed on TV.

Famous athletes, actors and other accomplished men often win their cases against women who have had the courage to expose themselves to the humiliating and long-lived terror that they feel by turning to the law. Do any of the men in these cases think about their own daughters, mothers and sisters and how they would feel if their own were attacked? The victims often do not report the offenders for years because they feel powerless against their perpetrators and the outcry which protects the guilty.

Athletes, politicians and other well-known men should never be pardoned because of their God-given talents, not aggrandized!

Rape is also a reason for an exception to any abortion regulation. How can anyone think it is alright for women who have been so brutalized to carry a baby of such a crime? The horror would be felt all over again and what woman would choose to birth a baby of God-only-knows what genes?

Barbara Parkman

Bradenton

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