It’s very rare that I’m at a complete loss for words, but tonight I’m fighting back tears, so many tears. This is how the clerk of courts defines rape. This is how our justice system defines rape. Oh, and by the way the “not likely to cause injury” is not a legal phrase. They just added that part in for fun.
“SEXUAL BATTERY – NOT LIKELY TO CAUSE INJURY”
I looked up my case and this is what my perpetrator gets to walk away with. I guess it wasn’t that bad because you know rape is not likely to cause injury. It’s RAPE, by definition it causes injury.
Yes, he didn’t use force because he didn’t have to. A date rape drug will do the trick quite nicely. Tonight, I don’t have the right words because there are no words to describe this type of grief.
I will continue to speak out long after my case was won or lost. Just not tonight because tonight, I cry. Because sometimes there are no words… only prayers for a better tomorrow.
-I need to make a correction to this post. Its Actual Legislation. Which by the way makes it more horrific! This is how the charge is written in by LAW. Ok, so let me add this to the list of horrific things that need to be changed. I want to make it safe for victims to press charges against their attacker… Systematic change is necessary. Statute (794.011) your name needs revision… I’m coming for you!