FROM TIME MAGAZINE
Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/08/31/three-reasons-congress-may-not-approve-war-in-syria/#ixzz2dcQIe6ek
At a hearing in Montana yesterday, a judge sentenced a teacher to just 30 days in jail for repeatedly raping a 14-year-old student, who later committed suicide. The judge said the girl "seemed older than her chronological age" and that the teacher's actions weren't serious enough for a longer sentence.
A Montana girl was just 14 years old when a teacher at her high school, Stacey Dean Rambold, began courting her for sex. He was 49 at the time. As a result of the trauma she experienced, the girl took her own life years later, just days before her 17th birthday. Now, Rambold only has to spend 30 days in jail as a punishment for ruining a teenagers life. This is an absolute outrage!
Just yesterday at Rambold's hearing, the prosecution called for a 20 year sentence. Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced him to 15 years, and then proceeded to suspend all but 31 days of that sentence, and give him credit for the one day he had already spent in jail.
Judge Baugh made comments that the girl "seemed older than her chronological age" and was "as much in control of the situation" as the teacher. Since when is a 14-year-old girl expected to have the judgement of a 49-year-old? This kind of victim blaming is unacceptable in our court systems!
Please sign this petition today, calling for the removal of Judge G. Todd Baugh for his completely irresponsible sentencing of Stacey Dean Rambold.
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