Dallas Rape Crisis Center Would Prefer That Judge Not Send Rapist to Volunteer There

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Sir Young
Sir Young may have hated to say that he was a rapist, but he couldn't deny it, either. "That's rape," he said in a recorded interview with a Dallas police detective, describing his encounter with a 14-year-old girl. Young was 18 at the time. They were both students at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. "I hate to have that on my plate. But that's rape."

Now 20, Young pleaded guilty to sexual assault of a child. He could have spent up to twenty years in prison. But instead, Dallas County District Judge Jeanine Howard decided to give him a nice break during his sentencing last week.

Young will spend a short stint of just 45 days in jail, Judge Howard ruled. And when he's out, the sentence says, "the defendant is to start 250 hours of Community Service at the Rape Crisis Center."

Oh no he won't, says the rape crisis center. Apparently, rape victims don't like turning to rapists in times of crisis.

"We all read it [the sentence] and we're like, wait a minute," Bobbie Villareal, Executive Director of the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, tells Unfair Park.

The center accepts volunteers, but not people completing community service hours. Volunteers all have to undergo a criminal background check. "You cannot in any form or fashion have anything on your record," Villareal says. "The fact that she would order 250 hours at a rape crisis center just surprised us."

Curious, Villareal has been waiting to see if Young ever calls the center about completing his community service there. (If the call comes in, the answer is still no).

The only other rape crisis center in Dallas is at Parkland. And they don't use any volunteers at all, a hospital spokesman tells Unfair Park.

It seems then that Young has little chance of spending 250 hours assisting rape victims. Informed of this, the judge's court coordinator told Unfair Park that she'll change the sentence slightly. "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 says. The judge's office otherwise declined to comment on the sentence.

Hopefully, the new volunteer spot will not be a place involves direct contact with sexual assault victims or children.

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alli
alli

@classic.wgn thank you so much for sharing this petition. i hope she resigns, and soon.

aurvondel
aurvondel

Was this forcible rape, or two high school kids dating? Does Mr. Young have to register as a sex offender the rest of his life because he screwed a willing freshman? I doubt a white kid in a similar situation would be charged.

kenwms60
kenwms60

The judge should be impeached!

fred.garvin.mp.713
fred.garvin.mp.713

Plus the extra indignity of having to refer to him as, "Sir," seeing as that's his name.

ShoddyFreude
ShoddyFreude

At least they're consistent. The idiots in charge of assigning community service hours like to send offenders who've been CT'd from the Dallas Public Library to do their hours at... wait for it... the Dallas Public Library. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Justice is blind, and often stupid.

NewsDog
NewsDog

Let him volunteer... as the punching bag at the Crisis Center's self defense class.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Let him volunteer at the judge's kids' daycare center.

Boy is she dumb.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

WTF was this judge thinking? He should be spending time in prison, not doing community service.

Phanlix
Phanlix

@aurvondel  This happened to a very white and rich friend of mine.


He was 18 dating a 16 year old, and the parents pressed charges. He's a sex offender even though it was completely consensual and age appropriate. 

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