‘He stole my body, virginity and power over my body and you let him keep it all for eternity’: Baylor frat president won’t serve any jail time for sexual assault
‘I am devastated by your decision to let my rapist go free’
by Nian Hu
A former Baylor University fraternity president named Jacob Anderson accused of rape will serve no jail time after 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother accepted a plea deal on Monday.
Court records show that Anderson will be placed on probation for three years, made to pay a $400 fine, and mandated to receive counseling. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss four counts of sexual assault against Anderson. He will not, however, be required to register as a sex offender nor serve any jail time.
Anderson was arrested on February 21, 2016 after a female Baylor student reported that she was sexually assaulted at a fraternity party
According to Waco police, the female student said she was handed a drink at the party and immediately became disoriented after drinking it. Anderson then took her outside behind a tent and repeatedly sexually assaulted her until she lost consciousness, she said. Police said that she had vomited on herself and could have choked to death in the backyard.
Court records show that the woman awoke a short time later in the same outside area, went back inside, and found a friend who took her immediately to the hospital. There, she underwent a sexual assault medical exam and hospital officials notified Waco police of the alleged assault. Anderson was indicted on four counts of sexual assault, removed from the fraternity, and kicked out of Baylor.
Many people are outraged that Anderson will not serve any jail time. More than 85,000 people have signed an online petition to oppose the plea deal, and people have also drawn comparisons between this and the Brock Turner case, where the former Stanford University swimmer only served three months of jail after being convicted of sexual assault.
'I have to live with the knowledge that the McLennan County justice system is severely broken'
When the judge announced his decision on Monday, the victim (who remains unnamed) gave an emotional statement where she said that Anderson sexually assaulted her, repeatedly choked her, and left her outside for dead after she fell unconscious.
"Everyone knows Jacob Anderson violently raped me repeatedly and almost killed me," she said in her statement. "Now, I not only have to live with his rape and the repercussion of the rape, I have to live with the knowledge that the McLennan County justice system is severely broken. I have to live with the fact that after all these years and everything I have suffered, no justice was achieved."
She talked about the impact that the sexual assault had on her life. "I would have loved to have stayed at Baylor," she said. "Not be on medication. Not be getting therapy. Not be in and out of the doctor's office. Not having nightmares. Not be triggered daily into anxiety. Not be fearful. Not be sad."
She addressed Anderson directly as well. "It must be horrible to be you," she said. "To know what you did to me. To know you are a rapist. To know that you almost killed me. To know that you ruined my life, stole my virginity, and stole many other things from me."
Read the full victim impact statement below. The details in her statement are graphic in nature and may not be suitable for all.
I am devastated by your decision to let my rapist Jacob Walter Anderson go free without any punishment. Rape is a violent crime that alters the victim’s life and the life of everyone around them forever. He stole many things from me the night he raped me. I will never be the same again.
On February 21, 2016 when I was a 19 year old, Sophomore at Baylor University, Jacob Walter Anderson took me to a secluded area behind a tent and proceeded to violently and repeatedly rape me. He repeatedly raped me orally and vaginally while choking me, gagging me and physically forcing my body into positions so he could continue to rape me. I had no control over my body and no way to stop him. (please see my original written police statement). When I collapsed on the ground he pulled down his pants and shoved his penis in my mouth and down my throat gagging me. When he forcefully picked me up and shoved me into a wall to rape me vaginally from behind he calmly and coldly said “It’s fine. You’re fine.” When I tried to pull up my pants or sit he shoved me to the ground and shoved his penis back down my throat and continued to choke me. When he forced me up again and started to rape me vaginally again I blacked out permanently. When I was completely unconscious he dumped me face down in the dirt and left me there to die. He had taken what he wanted, had proven his power over my body. He then walked home and went to bed without a second thought to the ravaged, half dead woman he had left behind.
Jacob Anderson will most likely rape again. He is now free to roam society, stalk women and no one will know he is a sex offender.
Jacob Anderson and all rapists who get away with their crimes will never be cured, never change. If anything they will be emboldened by their power over women and their ability to escape justice and punishment. They will think they are invincible and most definitely increase their violent pathological and predatory behavior.
Everyone knows Jacob Anderson violently raped me repeatedly and almost killed me. The evidence is overwhelming. Now, I not only have to live with his rape and the repercussions of the rape, I have to live with the knowledge that the Mclennan County justice system is severely broken. I have to live with the fact that after all these years and everything I have suffered, no justice was achieved. I have to live with the fact that my rapist will go home smiling and happy and laughing at me. He stole my body, virginity and power over my body and you let him keep it for all eternity.
Hilary Laborde (where are you Ms. Laborde? Are you here in the courtroom? No?) and you Abel Reyna (where are you? Are you here? No?) If I had the courage to come back to Waco and face my rapist and testify you could at least have had enough respect for me to show up today. You both will have to live with this decision to let a rapist run free in society without any warning to future victims. I wonder if you will have nightmares every night watching Jacob rape me over and again. Of my body lying unconscious and alone in the dirt waiting to die. Of my face transforming in your nightmares into someone you love. Your mother, your daughter, your niece, your granddaughter, your best friend, your wife, your girlfriend.
Jacob Walter Anderson. It must be horrible to be you. To know what you did to me. To know you are a rapist. To know that you almost killed me. To know that you ruined my life, stole my virginity and stole many other things from me.
I would have loved to have stayed at Baylor. Laughed and made memories with my friends. Learned from my professors. Run in the Baylor line one final time my Senior year and walked in my graduation ceremony in my cap and gown with my family proudly cheering me on. I would love to be living away from home pursuing my career the way I had planned. Not be on medication. Not be getting therapy. Not be in and out of the doctor’s office. Not having nightmares. Not be triggered daily into anxiety. Not be fearful. Not be sad. Not be afraid of every man that looks at me or thinks I’m nice and just wants to meet me and get to know me. To be happy and carefree and enjoy daily life. I am none of these things, because you raped me and almost killed me and stole them all from me.
To the two women who created the petition of outrage over this plea I thank you. To the over 85,000 people around the world who signed the petition to deny this plea I thank you! To all my friends and family, doctor, teachers and lawyers who believed in me and stuck with me over the past three years I thank you. You held me up and kept me strong. To my parents and siblings thank you. I would not be alive without you. You kept me going when I could no longer handle living. It’s been a very difficult three years. It will continue to be rough for a very long time. I know it has impacted all of you and yet you never left my side. You never stopped loving me.You never stopped protecting me. You never stopped fighting for me and you never left. You never left.