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20 Hours community service for covering up rape?

What’s that about?

By Andrew Willis

I’m not known as a fan of public policy based on longer sentences. It may make us feel better and wins votes for tough on crime politicians but it is not what stops rape.

One useful purpose of sentencing though is it sends a signal.

And in this case a really bad one.

Seth Fluharty, a wrestling coach and teacher at Steubenville High School, was charged with a single misdemeanor count of failure to report child abuse or neglect involving the rape of the girl by two Steubenville High School football players in 2012.

The charge will be dismissed once Fluharty completes 20 community service hours at a domestic violence shelter and attends anti-sexual violence training at Steubenville city schools, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said.

The sort of dangerous thinking that leads a person to make a conscious  decision to protect rapists instead of the raped child is incredible to me. The decision to act as judge and jury through your silence worse still.

But enough of what I think. What do you think?

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Andrew Willis is a founding partner of the Stop Abuse Campaign. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and suicide. Formerly a Madman of Madison Avenue he has two sons and lives in Harlem, New York. He’s a frequent speaker at conferences and blogs for the Stop Abuse Campaign.



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