Blaming the girl for her own rape?

Something big is happening in Montana: Last week, hundreds of people gathered in Billings to protest Judge G. Todd Baugh’s decision that the man who raped his 14-year-old student should only serve 30 days in jail. In his ruling, the judge made horrible comments blaming the girl for her own rape.1

Montanans of all walks of life have stood up to put a stop to victim-blaming and rape culture, calling on Judge Baugh to resign. The outrage over this case shows just how fed up people are with a culture and legal system that tolerate sexual violence–and the UltraViolet community has been at the forefront of this effort. Since this story broke, more than 63,000 UltraViolet members have signed the petition asking the state’s court system to disrobe Judge Baugh.

We’re working with local organizers in Montana to deliver the petition to the Montana Judicial Standards Commission in the next few days. If we can get to 75,000 signatures before that, we’ll send a message they can’t ignore. Can you add your name today?

Add your name.

Thanks for speaking out.

–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, and Malinda, the UltraViolet team

Sources:

1. Hundreds rally to protest Montana judge over 31-day rape sentence, Reuters, August 29, 2013

P.S. Here’s the original email we sent last week about this case and Judge Baugh’s horrible ruling:

 

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