“I wasn’t physically raped, but I was raped in a sense of my freedom. I was kidnapped, taken against my will, placed in a box for five years and two months. I was denied all human rights. When I screamed and pleaded and begged, it fell on deaf ears.” — Brian Banks
13 years ago, Brian Banks was falsely accused of rape as a high school student. He was about to enter USC on a football scholarship when and ended up spending 5 years in jail, but his accuser later recanted her statement.
Then there’s Brock Turner, the 20-year-old Stanford student whom has seemingly received a slap on the wrist after being convicted of raping an unconscious woman. He was only sentenced to six months in county jail as punishment.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 6, 2016
In an interview with the New York Daily News, Banks discussed his sentencing and Turner’s.
“I would say it’s a case of privilege. It seems like the judge based his decision on lifestyle. He’s lived such a good life and has never experienced anything serious in his life that would prepare him for prison. He was sheltered so much he wouldn’t be able to survive prison. What about the kid who has nothing, he struggles to eat, struggles to get a fair education? What about the kid who has no choice who he is born to and has drug-addicted parents or a non-parent household? Where is the consideration for them when they commit a crime?” Banks stated.
“You know a man is guilty, so why aren’t we unleashing half of the punishment that was unleashed on Brian Banks when he was innocent and there was no evidence? They gave me six years. They gave him six months,” Banks continued.
Banks said that the female victim here has been totally ignored. She has to live with her hardship and tragedy for the rest of her life. He also said he was raped by the system.
“I wasn’t physically raped, but I was raped in a sense of my freedom. I was kidnapped, taken against my will, placed in a box for five years and two months. I was denied all human rights. When I screamed and pleaded and begged, it fell on deaf ears. It’s a different form of being assaulted and taken advantage of. I know what she is going through,” Banks said.
And he’s definitely correct. It must be nice to be privileged like Turner.