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We tell our kids to speak up when something bad happens to them, to never keep abuse secret, all with the promise that the people who are hurting them will be punished and justice will be served. Unfortunately, life is far too often a lot more complicated than it should be and very cut and dry, right and wrong cases get twisted around and the innocent often suffer for it.
In this video from @vidalia318, we learn the terrible story of a 15-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by a 26-year-old man after being plied with alcohol. There was a kit, so there was DNA evidence, and the man even confessed, which should have made his conviction a done deal. But that's not what happened.
No, instead, Judge Debra Blackwell told the 15-year-old child who had been assaulted by an adult that she needed “bad things happen to good people, and you’re just gonna have to move on.”
It completely sent the community spiraling according to @vidalia318.
Just outrageous. Sixth District Circuit Court Judge Debra Blackwell is now being scrutinized on social media after sentencing the Natchez man to probation instead of prison, according to The Natchez Democrat. Tragically, though, this is such a common story. This story sounds, as so many of them do, just so inexplicably wrong. There are so many things that need to change, so many victims like this one who deserve justice. It can all make you feel totally helpless and like there's nothing you can do. That's why it's so important that this TikTok creator is using her platform to tell this story, and hopefully she and others will continue to share the experiences of these victims.
Commenters were, predictably, outraged. They were also super proud of this woman for taking the time to spread the word about this story and happy to help pick up where she left off. Hopefully, in time, some real justice will be served.