The Montana Supreme court ruled the teacher should be re-sentenced for his crime!
Baugh apologized last week for his comments about the victim in a letter to the editor of the Billings Gazette.While this case has drawn wide attention, it's fairly typical for victim blaming and other "minimizing of sexual assault cases" to occur, particularly in situations that involve teachers and students or that don't fit traditional notions about rape, says Jennifer Long, director of AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women, in Washington.
"Adolescent victims are consistently blamed for either seducing their rapist or for some other behaviors."Members of the public have stepped up to protest in previous cases, such as the teen rapes in Steubenville, Ohio, and "to educate their own community and beyond about the importance of not victim-blaming," Ms. Long says, "but it seems that we are still stuck in this cycle … where [some of] the very people who should know this information – judges, prosecutors, and other professionals – still believe in the myths and still engage in very dangerous practices."
A disciplinary complaint against Baugh from the Judicial Standards Commission is pending with the state Supreme Court. Justices say that will be dealt with separately.
Hopefully this will bring justice that is rightfully demanded of the Montana courts.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor