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Texas Judge Sentences Rapist to Perform Community Service at Rape Crisis Center

A Texas judge sentenced a convicted rapist to just 45 days in jail and serve 250 hours of  community service at a rape crisis center.

Sir Young could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the rape of a 14-year-old girl while they were both students at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Instead, Dallas County District Judge Jeanine Howard thought that his time would best be served in close contact with other victims of sexual assault.

The executive director of Dallas’ primary rape crisis center, not surprisingly, does not think it is a good idea to have a convicted rapist around vulnerable victims reaching out for support and said Young would not be welcome at their site.

“We all read it [the sentence] and we’re like, wait a minute,” Bobbie Villareal, Executive Director of the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center said, pointing out the judge failed to do her homework to see if a rapist would be allowed at the counseling centers.

Villareal added that even a rudimentary check of the rules of volunteers would have shown that the crisis center does not allow people with convictions to volunteer at all. “You cannot in any form or fashion have anything on your record,” Villareal stressed. “The fact that she would order 250 hours at a rape crisis center just surprised us.”

The only other place in town the counsels victims does not allow any volunteers, meaning that Young has no way to fulfill his community service hours because rape centers typically do not welcome rapists to come on board to help.

“She’s going go back and modify those conditions and give him community service hours somewhere else, but she hasn’t determined where yet,” Court Coordinator Jerry Barker said about the judge’s unusual ruling.

Amy Silverstein, a blogger for Unfair Park, hoped this time around the judge would put more thought in her sentence. “Hopefully, the new volunteer spot will not be a place involves direct contact with sexual assault victims or children,” she said.

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  • chee

    Maybe she could let him babysit her kids

  • mickey5020

    what is wrong with her there is no rape victim that should be subject to his presence there they are there for counseling and to feel safe not to be subject to a predator.