“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”
-Author Anne Lamott
Pardon my absence, and more so, pardon OUR language, but...DO NOT pardon our efforts to bring awareness and hopefully, change, and healing for victims!
Come! Participate! Share! Even if you're not in New York. Create your own! I, along with many others, can help!
**And thanks NYmag....this is US--GRLCVLT.**
This, scarily and sadly, coincides with my last post (in March--I know, it's been too long, my friends) about the word:
[[Background of this particular case HERE.]]
But, even so, the absence of the word NO does not equal YES.
Just because NO isn't blatantly expressed or has stopped being expressed, that does NOT constitute consent.
Well, my girl group, GRLCVLT, is hosting an event that has amassed HUGE support and publicity since the original idea was conceived. It began as a small group of women who planned to sit in an apartment and write complaint letters to unseat a highly unfair and unjust judge, Aaron Persky, who slapped convicted rapist, Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, with a pitiful sentence of 6 months in jail, of which he will probably only serve about three. Three months. Three measly months. And guess what Judge Persky's reasoning/defense for this "light sentence" happened to be?
"A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him. I think he will not be a danger to others," Persky said when handing down the sentence last week to Brock Turner, who was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault.
"A severe impact?! A severe impact?! Isn't that typically the intent of jail time and the judicial system in general...to impact the individual in such a way that transforms him or her (ideally)?
We should all be scratching our heads and wondering how in the heck this is continuing to not only occur but is allowed be swept aside as if this kid simply swiped a lollipop off of the deli counter? Oh, but the kid competed in the 2012 Olympic trials, so I'm really glad that we're all aware about his natural talents besides preying on unconscious or inebriated humans. He blames his actions on the prevalence of alcohol abuse on college campuses.
If you haven't been keeping up with the "Stanford swimmer's tale," and you truly want to drive yourself nuts and poke your eyeballs out, you can catch up more HERE and HERE.
Oh, and then, there's the disgusting letter in which his father defends his actions. He's angered that his son was given actual jail time, rather than just probation, stating that the sentence was “a steep price ... for 20 minutes of action.” (See the entire article HERE)
Our event here in New York is NOT to shed any more light on or give any further energy to Brock and his ridiculous and disgusting actions. This is not about HIM. The opposite, in fact. It is to (hopefully) provoke change. We will be writing and sending letters in order to allow a more challenging, equipt judge in this area to handle such cases. Persky has proved that he is unqualified. His almost complete silence is even more disturbing. Hello, Judge? Are YOU feeling JUDGED yet? You should.
Overall, we must stay angry. Stay angry that these actions are happening daily, and for the most part, the perpetrators are walking away...without the physical, emotional, and mental waste that will remain with the victim for a lifetime.
It's time to do something. Write a letter. Write a blog. Look up cases near you. Review politicians' and judges' track records.
I'm doing my very best also to not sit back when I see and hear about humans rights' violations.
I will leave you with the most powerful statement from this entire case. It's from the victim, and my heart swells for her.
"And finally, to girls everywhere, I am with you. On nights when you feel alone, I am with you. When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you. I fought everyday for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you. As the author Anne Lamott once wrote, “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” Although I can’t save every boat, I hope that by speaking today, you absorbed a small amount of light, a small knowing that you can’t be silenced, a small satisfaction that justice was served, a small assurance that we are getting somewhere, and a big, big knowing that you are important, unquestionably, you are untouchable, you are beautiful, you are to be valued, respected, undeniably, every minute of every day, you are powerful and nobody can take that away from you. To girls everywhere, I am with you. Thank you."