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Montana teacher Stacey Dean Rambold (a man) was sentenced to 30 days in jail for raping a 14-year-old girl in 2008. Rambold, then 49, had a relationship with the underage teenager until it was discovered and he was arrested. The teen committed suicide in 2010 because of the situation, her mother said. During sentencing, Judge G. Todd Baugh said the 14-year-old "seemed older than her chronological age" and was "as much in control of the situation" as the teacher, and gave Rambold the light sentence. Under Montana law, children younger than 16 cannot consent to sex, and it’s considered statutory rape. The girl’s mother responded, "She wasn't even old enough to get a driver's license. But Judge Baugh, who never met our daughter, justified the paltry sentence saying she was older than her chronological age. I guess somehow it makes a rape more acceptable if you blame the victim, even if she was only 14."
Quote of note
"Fifty years later we're still here trying to cash that bad check. Fifty years later, we're still dealing with all kinds of problems, and so we're not here to claim any victory — we're to simply say that the struggle continues." - Andrew Young, civil rights leader and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, talking today at the site of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a dream” speech.
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