Former Phi Delta Theta President at Baylor University Jacob W. Anderson could not serve jail time for sexual assault charges that he has pleaded "no contest" to.
Anderson will not register as a sex offender and he will pay a $400 fine.
Our nation was rocked when convicted rapist and former Standford swimmer Brock Turner was sentenced to six months of jail time. He only served three months.
These young, affluent white men have not been properly held accountable for their actions. Folks screamed about "innocent until proven guilty" during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. Even when folks acknowledge their crimes, we do not hold them accountable.
To clarify, Anderson pled no contest, not guilty. However, it is still incredibly frustrating to see someone not held accountable for the assault he has "no contest" that he committed.
Jacob Anderson assaulted a woman. Her life is forever affected by his actions. His life will go back to normal. He has Brett Kavanaugh to look up to. Affluent men are unaffected by their actions over and over again.
His accuser says that Anderson assaulted her at a fraternity party in February 2016.
"This guy violently raped me multiple times, choked me and when I blacked out he dumped me face down on the ground and left me to die," the victim said in a statement Feazell shared with NBC News." As quoted by NBC News.
Left out of the narrative of many news articles is the impact Anderson had on his young, male peers. As a fraternity president, Anderson was in a position of power in Phi Delta Theta. He served as a role model for the young men of his chapter. Potentially role modeling a culture of sexual assault.
If a chapter president at Washington State University had been expelled due to sexual assault, then I would be warning my Greek family to be cautious with that chapter's members. Beyond one member's actions, a culture of sexual assault can be pervasive among members.
Lucas put it best. The Baylor University community and Phi Delta Theta should be advocating for justice. Let your voices be heard.