Equal Play. Equal Pay.

the parallel between equal pay for women and sentences given to male rapists

I will be using the letter ‘B’ to refer to Brock Turner. There are other ‘B’ words that fit much better than his given name. Use your imagination.

From D. Turner, B. Turner’s father, “His [B’s] life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve. That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.” There is a price to pay for that kind of action, that kind of pleasure. Whatever you want to call it — it’s not right. I am hoping most people are in agreement that B’s sentence was in no way, shape or form ‘steep’. It is quite the opposite. One informal definition of ‘steep’ is said to be “not reasonable.” In this form, B’s sentence was not reasonable. The short jail time given to B was not appropriate. Let’s have another vocabulary lesson, shall we? Great. ‘Reasonable’ could be defined as one of the following two definitions:

  1. reasonable: “(of a person) having sound judgment; fair and sensible.”
  2. reasonable: “as much as is appropriate or fair; moderate.”

B’s dad thinks B’s sentence was not reasonable because he believes B is innocent or whatever. The sentence is not reasonable because Judge Aaron Persky did not have a sound judgement that was fair and sensible for the victim’s sake. Not just her sake, but for sake of females everywhere that are potential victims when B assaults another after his time out is up. Justice was not served.

Just a reminder, B DID NOT SHOW THE SLIGHTEST REMORSE. Whereas a man of a different race accused of a similar crime admitted his guilt and received a 3 year sentence — much longer than B’s summer vacay spent behind bars.

Those found guilty of sexual assault should pay for their actions. In May of this year, the Women’s National Soccer Team was finally issued pay that is equal to their male counterpart: equal pay for equal play. This is a well deserved and long overdue milestone for women, especially women in sports. It’s wonderful, and we have come a long way. However, the equality battle still remains and remains uphill.

If we were to apply equal pay for equal (sexual) play toward rapists, then they would receive harsher, more appropriate sentences — no matter what ethnicity, race, age, gender, ice cream/coffee preference, etc. Actions have consequences, people.

Add statistics in to the mix, “1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.” According to that stat, then at least 4 members of the USWNT’s current roster are surviving victims of rape or attempted rape. The USWNT have been through hell and have given their blood, sweat and tears through endless work and love for their country and for the game. On the other hand, the blood, sweat and tears of sexual assault victims were not out of love. It was taken away from them. Victims will sweat, cry and bleed in a different way for the rest of their lives, in hopes that one day they will channel that awful experience into something positive for the greater good.

Do sexual assault victims have to win world championships and earn gold medals to be taken seriously?

How much more do women have to put up with and take before equality is truly 100% equal?

I stand with the victims and the movement to end the rape culture that is this country.

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