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Victim Shares Moving Letter As ANOTHER College Rapist Avoids Prison Time!

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We really didn't want to have to deal with another story like this after the disgusting case of Brock Turner, and yet, here we are…

You'll remember that just a few short months ago, Turner was handed a ridiculously light sentence after being convicted of sexual assault as a student at Stanford University — and now, we are seeing virtually the same situation go down at the University of Colorado.

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Austin James Wilkerson, a former CU student, was convicted of sexually assaulting another student that was "helpless" and "half-conscious," according to court documents.

But as disgusting as the crime may have been, Judge Patrick Butler decided Wilkerson somehow did NOT deserve any jail time after the conviction.

How is that even possible??

Understanding how ridiculous that is, the victim in Wilkerson's case — in a move parallel to Turner's innocent victim — made an incredible statement in the court room at sentencing about how her life was ruined by Wilkerson as the now-convicted rapist walks away.

She begins:

"'His life is ruined.' Oh yeah, and it's not like my life isn't ruined or anything. It's always been about the rapist since the assault. As the victim of this sexual assault, my life has been ruined socially, psychologically, academically, and financially.

To begin with, this sexual assault has ruined me socially. I don't go to CU football games anymore. I don't drink at parties anymore. I don't even go out anymore. This is partially because I'm too scared to be in situations that remind me of the sexual assault. But it's also in part because of all the victim-blaming that I have internalized. Instead of having the typical fun 21st birthday celebration, I was saying that I couldn't go to the bars with everyone because I had too much homework. In reality, I was too scared of my friends' friends because the rapist was a friend of a friend."

Ugh.

All the feels just come flooding back in from how mad and scared we were after Turner's light sentence.

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She continues:

"I immediately called my mom and told her I couldn't go to class because the rapist was on campus. She reassured me that he wouldn't retaliate against me because there would be consequences. I reluctantly agreed to go to class, but in the back of my mind I thought about how the rapist had committed this horrific crime knowing that there would be consequences. So what would stop him from retaliating? On campus I was on high alert, constantly checking over my shoulder. Keep in mind that CU didn't have a Criminal Protection Order.

All CU said was that if we crossed paths, he would have to turn and go the other way. However, this didn't happen. After the trial conviction, the rapist was in the waiting area. Instead of him turning around and going the other way – like everyone had reassured me he would do – the rapist stayed there. I was the one who was going the other way. The flight part of my fight-or-flight instincts kicked into overdrive. I practically ran the other way so I wouldn't have to be anywhere near him. Even with the Criminal Protection Order and the court not allowing weapons, I did not feel safe around the rapist. And I never will."

And then she truly drops the hammer to finish up, recounting the most emotional parts of her horrifying ordeal:

"But worst of all is the victim-blaming. Freshman year, one of my roommates, who you met at trial, was victim-blaming. At the end of April 2014, our floor was talking about how we saw this girl throwing up outside of our Williams Village dorm, Darley North. A few days after that, we received an email saying that a girl had reported a rape to the police. The rape was perpetrated after a party in a WillVill dorm by someone she knew. Some people on our floor speculated that maybe the girl we saw throwing up outside our dorm was the one who was raped. My roommate chimed in, "Well, if she was that drunk, then she deserved to get raped." I was livid and vehemently defended the victim, and this was before I had even processed the sexual assault perpetrated against me. But my roommate wasn't the only one who was victim-blaming; it was a person (or persons) in the jury.

Following my breaking down and crying and getting ridiculed about the sexual assault, someone in the jury had the audacity to ask me why I didn't say, "No." The real question is, "Why didn't the rapist get my consent?!" It would be like if someone robbed you and they said, "Well you didn't say no!" Does a lack of a "no" make the robbery okay? Of course not! Even my own mother was victim-blaming. She told me that if I hadn't been drunk, this wouldn't have happened. Yet, it was excusable for him to rape me because he was drunk. After all I've endured emotionally, physically, psychologically, and financially, the burden of the blame still crashes down on my shoulders … In conclusion, the rapist CHOSE to ruin his life. But like the sexual assault itself, my life has been ruined without my consent."

So, so, SO powerful.

We are seething with anger that yet another awful man was allowed to walk away from prison — even despite a conviction.

Come on, Colorado!!

[Image via Boulder County Sheriff's Office.]

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