Outrage Builds Over 30-Day Jail Sentence For Teacher Who Raped Student

Outrage Builds Over 30-Day Jail Sentence For Teacher Who Raped StudentHundreds of protesters are expected to converge at the Billings, Montana, county courthouse Thursday, to express their outrage over what they call a lenient sentence for a man who admitted raping a 14-year-old girl.

‘Committed suicide’

The case began in 2008 when the teen was a student at Billings Senior High School and Stacey Dean Rambold was a teacher. She was 14 at the time; he was 49. The mother, Auliea Hanlon, claims Rambold’s “pre-sexual grooming” of her daughter led to the pair having sex.

School officials learned of the relationship, and Rambold resigned. Later that year, authorities charged Rambold with three counts of sexual intercourse without consent. As the case wound its way through the legal system, the girl committed suicide. She was a few weeks shy of her 17th birthday. Hanlon told CNN the relationship was to blame for her daughter’s death.

With the teen’s death, the prosecution entered into what is known as a “deferred prosecution agreement” with Rambold. This meant that all charges against Rambold would be dismissed if he completed a sex offender treatment program and met other requirements. But Rambold fell short of the agreement. As a result, the case was revived in December 2012.


‘Troubled young girl’

Yellowstone County District Judge G. Todd Baugh ruled that Rambold’s infractions weren’t serious enough. He sentenced Rambold to 15 years in prison. Then, he suspended all but 31 days of the sentence, according to the Yellowstone County District Court. In addition, the judge gave him credit for one day he spent in jail.

“She seemed older than her chronological age,” he said. “Basically what we had was a troubled young girl.” He added, “I simply did not have the evidence to conclude that her taking her life was because of her sexual offense by Mr. Rambold.”

The Montana Organization of Women started a petition calling on the judge to resign.

Do you approve of the 30-day jail sentence for Stacey Dean Rambold? Who is to blame for the suicide of the teen victim?

Source: Paul Vercammen | CNN

Image: Billings Gazette

Norwegian Woman Jailed In Dubai After Reporting Rape

Norwegian Woman Jailed In Dubai After Reporting RapeNorwegian interior designer Marte Deborah Dalelv has spoken out after being handed a 16-month prison sentence in Dubai — after she went to police to she had been raped by a colleague. The 24-year-old, who had been working at an interior design firm in Qatar since September 2011, told CNN on Saturday how a work trip to Dubai in March with three colleagues turned into a nightmare.

‘Sexual assault’

She said she had been out at a bar with her colleagues and friends, and asked a male colleague to walk her to her room when they returned at 3 a.m. to the hotel. She’d asked him to escort her because the hotel was large and confusing, and she didn’t want to be wandering on her own, knowing she’d been drinking, she said. When they reached a room, she realized it wasn’t hers — but the man then pulled her inside despite her vocal objections, according to Dalelv.

That was pretty much the last thing she said she remembers before the alleged sexual assault.  After someone knocked — the hotel wake-up call — she managed to get dressed and make it downstairs to the hotel reception and call the police.


‘No explanations’

Some 10 or 12 male police officers arrived, but no female police officers were present, she said. Statements were taken from both Dalelv and the alleged rapist. She was then taken to Bur Dubai police station, she said. Dalelv says she was taken for an intimate medical exam and tested for alcohol consumption. Her belongings were taken and she was kept in jail for four days, she said, with no explanation as to why.

Subsequently, she said her manager advised her to tell the police it was voluntary sexual intercourse and likely the whole issue would just go away. She followed the advice and in one of the many hearings at the public prosecutor’s office, she made a statement saying it was voluntary. Dalelv was then charged with making a false statement.

Dalelv was convicted Tuesday on all three charges and was sentenced to one year in jail for having unlawful sex, three months in jail for making a false statement and one month for illegal consumption of alcohol.

What is your reaction regarding this story? Do you think rape victims deserve to go to jail?

Source: Nicola Goulding and Phil O’Sullivan | CNN

Image: Huffington Post