5 Reasons Why Women Don't Report Rape
by Trish Nelson
1. BROCK TURNER
Crime: Sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.
Punishment: 6 months in jail (he served 3 months).
REASON: Judge Aaron Persky felt concerned about the “severe impact” a state prison sentence would have on an offender of Turner's age. Persky stated, “You have to take the whole picture in terms of what impact imprisonment has on a specific individual’s life.”
2. NICHOLAS FIFIELD
Crime: Sexually assaulted a mentally handicapped woman.
REASON: Prosecutor John Sarcone said that he would not pursue jail time for Fifield, claiming that, “Prison would not do this kid any good.”
3. DAVID BECKER
Crime: Sexually assaulted two women while they were unconscious.
REASON: "The goal of this sentence was not to impede this individual from graduating high school and to go onto the next step of his life, which is a college experience."
4. AUSTIN JAMES WILKERSON
Crime: Sexually assaulting a helpless victim and unlawful sexual contact.
Punishment: Probation and a prison work release program.
REASON: Judge Patrick Butler said that he “struggled with the idea of putting Wilkerson in jail.” Butler hopes his sentence will “rehabilitate the assailant.”
5. JOHN P. ENOCH
Crime: Two counts of felony rape.
Punishment: 1 day in jail. Probation.
REASON: His lawyer blamed the entire case on “a whirlwind of emotion surrounding any allegation involving sexual assault on campus.”