O’er the land of the free, and the home of the rape?

Guest Column

Justise Brundage

I don’t get mad easily, but last week I was ready to castrate the whole campus.

While I was perusing Facebook between classes I saw a handful of my girlfriends post this video from CNN. The reporter was talking about a judge during a rape case, who asked the woman why didn’t she “just keep (her) knees together.”

When I read this I was starting a fire on the fourth floor of Humanities to heat up my blade.

The judge didn’t understand why the woman just didn’t “skew her pelvis” to press her butt against the sink so he didn’t penetrate her.

My question is, if she did do this would it then not be considered rape? According to Google, rape is the “unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will of a person.”

This made as much sense to me as the people who say you are still considered a virgin if you just have anal sex.

Now a sexual activity can be anything from taking off their clothes, kissing or touching in a sexual way. Either way, when I look at it, it is still rape.

But then I saw in the corner of my eye that this happened in Canada. I stomped out the fire and let my blade cool.

But wait. Does the name Brock Turner ring a bell?

If you have been living under a rock, Turner was found guilty of rape on the campus of Stanford University and was released after three months for good behavior.

At least the judge didn’t tell him “I want you to tell your friends, your male friends, that they have to be far more gentle with women. They have to be far more patient. And they have to be very careful. To protect themselves, they have to be very careful,” before setting him free. But maybe he just should have.

The judge then informed the court that not just men want to have sex but “young women want to have sex, particularly if they’re drunk,” and that “sex and pain sometimes go together…that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”

Later in the article, they explained that the judge was from South Africa and did not know Canadian Law so he was unaware that he was out of line. He then continues to say “please remember I wasn’t in this country through the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s.”

I would like to say that I understand that many other countries have not come as far as we have when it comes to the double standard, but we also are not setting the best example for these people coming to our country if we let men get away with three months in prison for rape either.