Activists Create Petition to Have Judge Baugh Removed – Would You Sign It?
UltraViolet, an activist community, has created an online petition requesting that Montana's Judicial Standards Commission and Supreme Court remove Judge G. Todd Baugh from the bench. Baugh sentenced former Teacher Stacey Rambold to 30 days in prison for violating his original sentencing agreement stemming from pleading guilty to the rape of a 14-year-old girl.
LLL covered the group in detail this morning. According to UltraViolet's website they are "a new and rapidly growing community of women and men across the U.S. mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, from politics and government to media and pop culture."
Their online petition reads as follows:
Cherice Moralez was just 14 when her 49-year old teacher repeatedly raped her. Two years later, Cherice committed suicide--and according to her mother, the trauma of rape was a major factor in her death.
But Billings, Montana Judge G. Todd Baugh sent her rapist to prison for just 30 days--saying the victim was “as much in control of the situation” as her rapist and that she was “older than her chronological age.”
THIS is rape culture at its worst: when our courts can let a man who raped a child go free after just days in jail and then blame the child for her own rape.
Judge Baugh’s statement has made national news, and the outrage in Montana is growing. If tens of thousands of us from all over the country join with local protesters and speak out, we can make sure that authorities disrobe Judge Baugh so he can never let a rapist off the hook again. Can you sign the petition?
Our message to Montana's Judicial Standards Commission and Supreme Court:
"Judge G. Todd Baugh has shown that he has no respect for the law, and no compassion for survivors of sexual violence. Montana Judicial Standards Commission should remove Judge Baugh from the bench."