A while back, we were all shocked by the hit and run death of a cyclist in Baltimore, by a (now former) Bishop who was drunk. The alcohol may have been the reason for her impairment but not an excuse for driving drunk and causing grievous harm. She's in jail, as she should be, for years.
Apparently, though, if you are a privileged white athlete at Stanford, alcohol absolves you of personal responsibility and it's somehow acceptable that you have "20 minutes of action" (as his father actually put it) performing a violent sexual assault on an unconscious woman. The judge gave this nice white man a mere 6 months since he's suffered already. In return the rapist promises to talk about booze and promiscuity on campus. The media has a winsome picture of this blond haired, blue-eyed, boy-man looking sad.
As his victim wrote in a searing letter, the problem isn't promiscuity. It's CONSENT. The whole thing is disgusting, not least of which what it says about any man who physically violates an unconscious woman's body. (Go read her letter. It is powerful.)
Interestingly there was a case in Tennessee this spring as well, where a former Vanderbilt football player was convicted of raping an intoxicated, unconscious woman. He's going to get at least 15 years. What's different in Tennessee? Either their judges get it, or, black football players get different rules than white swimmers. What do you think?
As one internet meme put it, we make laws against trans people using the bathroom to prevent women from being assaulted, but apparently we can't convict a man who actually assaults a woman.
Because, well, it's going to ruin his life. Poor boy.
Talk about privilege.