Four Men, Four Rapes, No Jail Time

Dear Judges — Teenage girls are not sex dolls.

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Shane Piche, from Watertown, NY, was a school bus driver when he met his 14 year-old victim. He lured her to his house, gave her alcohol and raped her. He pled guilty on Tuesday.

Beau Gormley was a restaurant owner in the Ozarks when he committed statutory rape of a 16 year old girl in the kitchen of his restaurant. He was convicted on February 22nd. It was his second sexual offense in three years.

John Christopher White, from Centertown, AR, was arrested on charges of raping a 14 year old girl. On April 24th, he plead guilty to lesser charges of sexual indecency with a child.

Pang See of Rochester, MN, was staying in a motel room when he entered the room next door and molested a teenager while she slept. He came back later and raped her. He pled guilty on March 7th.

All of these men woke up in the comfort and warmth of their own homes this morning. Not jail cells. The judges in their cases only gave them probation. A slap on the wrist.

These are not one off sentences that happened over the last few years. These sentences were passed within the span of two months.

These are not examples of the broken wing male battle cry of wrongful accusations. These men admitted what they did. Apparently, that’s enough. That’s okay. Say your sorry and you get your life back. Who cares if you ruined a teenage girl so you could get your rocks off?

Listen to me loud and clear, judges, teenage girls are not sex dolls. They are not to be used for sex by men and then cast aside by your court. There is no excuse for this. We won’t stand for this.

I am the mother of a teenager girl. Everyday, I do whatever I can to create a wholehearted human being that understands her value in this world.

How are we supposed to raise our daughters to feel important and strong when the judicial system treats them as disposable?

You can bet I am pissed as hell over this. You can also bet good money I’m not going to be quiet about it. I want answers. I want justice. I want jail time for these men. I’m not alone. I have an army of women with me.

Judges, if you won’t take care of our girls, we’ll take care of them for you. We’ll raise them strong. We’ll raise them to fight. We’ll raise them to take you down. And they will.

When a man goes free because no one valued a teenage girl enough to dole a punishment fitting of a crime, we will circle around her. We’ll remind her of her power. We’ll demonstrate it.

Our outrage will breathe life into itself and move itself forward.

We’re paying attention. We will build and enhance programs to help these victims. We’ll support them. You broke them. We’ll fix them. I assure you.

These girls you cast aside are going to systematic take down your patriarchy brick by brick. Until there is nothing left. They are not the disposable ones, judges. You are. Just wait. You’ll see.

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Flaming pinball, nerd, music lover, wine snob, horrible violin player. No, I won’t stop taking pictures of my drinks. vanessaltorre@gmail.com IG: vanessaltorre

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