The punishment should fit the crime.
But it doesn’t always happen. Just ask the girl who was gang-raped by a group of refugees; that most certainly didn’t qualify as justice.
And when it comes to raping a 16-year-old who also happens to be your SISTER, one would expect the punishment to be pretty severe.
But according to many who listened in horror to the judge’s decision, what Nolan Bruder got only amounts to a slap on the wrist.
Bruder tried to get sexual with his teen sister and when she rejected his advances, he decided to implement an especially sick plan, one that got widespread attention online.
According to IJR citing several news sources, Bruder gave his sister “dabs,” which is a wickedly potent form of marijuana that rendered his victim confused and compliant.
When she was high enough, she didn’t even recognize him as her brother. And how did this all turn out in court?
“…the teenage girl eventually told a counselor at her boarding school about the rape. The counselor then contacted Child Protective Services.
Bruder was charged with rape of an intoxicated person and pleaded guilty to the crime earlier this month.
But presiding Judge William Follett said he didn’t think the jury would convict the man based on the evidence.
The judge also pointed out that the 16-year-old girl took off her own clothing.”
Bruder will spend less than a year in prison according to SFGate, as Judge Follett handed down a 240-day sentence, with the rest of the time to be served on probation.
— She came undone (@shecameundone) May 19, 2017
The judge believes the sex offender label was retribution enough, but Dale Trigg, Del Norte County District Attorney, disagreed:
“The message that this sends to our community is that sexual predators who get their juvenile siblings stoned enough can have sex with them without any meaningful consequence.
That is not the message I want to send to our community.”
Rape is a terrifying crime that leaves the victim scarred for life, and not everyone can be as quick-thinking as the young British lady who recorded her attacker.
And when drugs are forced on a person to get them to perform sexual acts, shouldn’t that hold a stiffer penalty?
Oh yeah, one more thing: This was his SISTER!