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The case of Brock Turner is not an issue of the justice system so much as it is an issue of culture. A culture that tells women that someone has the right to take them, to take their liberty, their comfort, and their peace of mind and receive little to no repercussion. That women feel that their trauma needs to be silenced for fear of backlash, judgement, or disbelief. Women who dare speak out against the assault that has been imposed on them face accusations of “ruining a man’s life” for “20 minutes of action.” Let us examine that idea further. Twenty minutes. If we didn’t charge any crime that was under twenty minutes, this is what our world would look like: it took mere seconds for United Airlines Flight 175 and American Airlines Flight 11 to crash into the Twin Towers. An active shooter situation lasts on average for 3-5 minutes. It is in a blink of an eye that innocent children are kidnapped while riding their bikes or walking home from school.  If we punish action based upon the duration, or based upon the race, socioeconomic status, or athletic ability of the perpetrator; we may as well not have a justice system at all if we are just going to annihilate what it stands for again and again. If we live in a culture that decides offenses towards women; half of our population, the very people that brought you into this world are minute, then something about what humanity is supposed to stand for has been truly lost.

8:46 a.m. EDT: American Airlines Flight 11 hit the north tower at the World Trade Center

9:03 a.m. EDT: United Airlines Flight 175 hit the south tower at the World Trade Center

9:37 a.m. EDT: American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon

9:59 a.m. EDT: The south tower at World Trade Center fell

10:03 a.m. EDT: United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pa.

10:28 a.m. EDT: The north tower at World Trade Center fell
—  Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of 9/11, and as the nation prepares for a day of solemn reflection and remembrance, we pay tribute to the fallen with moments of silence.