Thursday, August 29, 2013

Montana judge's remarks about raped teen prompt outrage




A Montana judge who said a 14-year-old rape victim was "as much in control of the situation" as the man who assaulted her is under pressure to resign.


Cherry was raped by her teacher at 14 and shunned for reporting it. Then she shot herself dead in her mother's bed. Now her mom reveals her 'living hell' and fury that attacker got just 30 days jail

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  • Cherice Moralez, 14 at the time, was bullied by classmates after charges were brought against her Montana teacher Stacey Rambold, 48

  • Mother says friends 'gave her dark looks and walked on other side of school corridor'
  • Cherice was found by her horrified mother in her bed after shooting herself dead when it became too much to bear

  • School had issued Rambold with a warning over inappropriate behavior four years before he raped Cherice but left him in charge of minors

  • Rambold admitted to raping the vulnerable teenager on several occasions in 2007 in his marital home, car and office

  • Judge gave Rambold just 30 days in jail instead of maximum of life because 'he'd suffered enough' and claimed Cherry was 'in control'

  • Mother hit back saying: 'He is the highest authority of law and he pretty much just said it's okay'

  • 'This guy was 48. She was 14. You think you're all grown up at 14 but you're not. She wasn't. She needed protecting and looking after'

  • Protests planned for today and nationwide petition calling for judge's removal has 10,000 signatures

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