Austin James Wilkerson
Austin James Wilkerson of Colorado, USA, is one helluva lucky guy. He tried to ruin his life, but was granted a second chance. A whole lot of people, myself included, don’t believe he deserved that second chance, and I’m sure he’ll be watched closely for the next couple of decades to make sure he doesn’t mess up again.
Now when I say “mess up”, I mean rape. Austin James Wilkerson is a rapist. He was a student at the University of Colorado back in March 2014. His victim was likewise a student there. I don’t know if she was aware that over a quarter of the female students at that university have reported being sexually assaulted there — 28% in fact. And if we do the math, 28% of 13,000 women equals 3640 victims.
That’s beyond appalling. Those women aren’t statistics. Each of them has been traumatized, maybe stigmatized, definitely agonized.
The victim, whom we shall call K, met Austin Wilkerson in December 2013 at a White Elephant party. She recognized him when she went with friends to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and her BFF’s birthday. K hadn’t had a meal earlier, so the alcohol hit her pretty hard.
Austin Wilkerson talked to the gaggle of girls and invited them to go with him to another party. The girls agreed. In fact, they went to 3 parties with him. The lasst party was close to their dorm so they wouldn’t have to worry about walking home.
“We did shots of fireball,” said K. “I was sick and I went into the bathroom and was throwing up. It was probably around 2 in the morning now.”
When K was finished tossing her cookies, she discovered her BFF wasn’t there any more. She had been left alone with Austin Wilkerson. And why? Because the nasty little hellbeast told her friends he was going to take care of her.
And hey, he was friendly so what was there to worry about? And truth be told, they were very inebriated at the time and not thinking clearly.
Austin Wilkerson offered to give K a piggyback ride home. How sweet. Except of course he didn’t take her home. He took her to his place. She was extremely tired, and he offered to sleep on his couch so she could sleep in his bed. How gallant.
Austin Wilkerson made sure his roommate saw him checking the girl’s pulse and temperature. He even gave her water in front of his roommate. How caring. Too bad it was all a show. He had a witness to testify he took care of the poor, drunken girl.
And then the roommate left him alone with her.
With K having a terrible time staying conscious, the snotty little bastard pulled up her dress and pulled down her shorts. Not sweet, gallant and carings any more, Austin Wilkerson raped her.
When he was done, the nasty little hellbeast sent a message to K’s BFF to reassure her K was all right. The friend thanked him for being so good to K.
When the poor girl was able to leave his house, she was in shock. She remembered the assault. She knew full well who did it and what he did. And life for K was never the same again. A month after the rape she tried to kill herself, and was subject to nightmares and panic attacks.
Austin Wilkerson, *shock*, didn’t quite tell the truth when he was questioned by authorities. His story kept changing. He told a university investigator that he’d made advances on her but she kept rebuffing him. He felt “pissed off”, and said she was a “fucking bitch”.
The beastly rapist told his friends that he’d only fingered her and let his hands wander while she was unconscious. Riiight. And then he told other officials that the sex began consensually, but she wasn’t responsive when he penetrated her. Wasn’t responsive? I think he really meant unconscious.
At his trial, Austin Wilkerson’s story changed again. This time he said K wasn’t drunk and that she’d had sex with him “passionately”.
Austin James Wilkerson, 22, was convicted by a jury of sexually assaulting a helpless victim, and unlawful sexual conduct. They didn’t believe his story, thank goodness.
When it came to sentencing in August 2016, Austin Wilkerson was facing a prison sentence of 4 to 12 years. I hope he was sweating bullets then.
The monstrous little rapist spoke to the court. “I sexually assaulted (K),” he said. “No words I can say could ever take away the pain and fear that I have caused. Nothing I say can make it better, but I am so sorry.”
His supporters submitted letters to the court, urging leniency.
K herself read a statement to the court. “The rapist chose to ruin his life,” she’d written. “But like the sexual assault itself, my life has been ruined without my consent.” She asked for a prison sentence. “Have as much mercy for the rapist as he did for me that night.”
District Judge Patrick Butler made his decision, and it was one that caused a lot of disappointment and disgust. Austin Wilkerson was sentenced to 20 years to life ON PROBATION, and 2 years in jail on work release. He was free to come and go during the day to attend school or go to work.
The judge said of his decision, “Mr. Wilkerson deserves to be punished, but I think we all need to find out whether he truly can or cannot be rehabilitated.”
The problem I have with the judge’s thinking is that Austin Wilkerson’s sentence is barely punitive. Still, the disgusting little rapist has to behave himself for 20 years or wind up in prison. That’s a long, long time for him to stay out of trouble.
Austin Wilkerson is a lucky guy, and not just with the sentence. He has supportive friends and family who believe he was a caring, thoughtful and intelligent young man who’d just made this one horrible mistake.
K wasn’t so lucky. She was handed a huge dose of victim blaming, sometimes even from her own mother.
“Worst of all is the victim blaming,” K said. “‘If I hadn’t been drunk, this wouldn’t have happened. If I hadn’t gotten separated, this wouldn’t have happened.’ Yet it was excusable for him to rape me because he was drunk?”
Life is so not fair.
K is, IMO, an awesome young woman. She had such courage and strength to tell her parents, the university, the police, the prosecutor and the jury about the rape. The judge holds the same view.
“That kind of strength is really admirable,” Judge Butler said. “Without ever forgetting this happened, I hope she is able to find hope for the future. She is clearly a bright, articulate young lady who, like everybody else, deserves a positive and hopeful future. I hope with the help and love of family and professionals, she is able to continue moving forward so that this event, where she was the victim, is not the only defining moment in her life.”
I wish K all the best. I admire her for coming forward with her story, and revealing her identity. (I choose not to use her name lest she is plagued with overexposure.)
“I’ve dealt with a lot but I’ve gotten through it,” K has said in an interview. “I was depressed and I didn’t think I could get through it but I’ve learned a lot. I speak up, my voice is heard. I have a lot to say.”
That she does.
K also said, “I won’t let him win. I have a lot to live for. I want people to know my story… I’m a survivor.”
Kudos to her for overcoming the trauma and taking big steps to conquer all obstacles.
No kudos, of course, to Austin Wilkerson, the lying little prick who wouldn’t admit his guilt until a jury found him guilty. I hope and pray there will be no more victims of this shitpile rapist. I hope the judge was right to think Austin Wilkerson is capable of rehabilitation. Twenty years of good behavior would be proof of that.