This is just irresponsible journalism. The correspondents don’t even comment on how much of a lasting effect this will have on the victim. Side-eyeing the fuck out of you right now, CNN.
They raped a girl. They did horrific things to an innocent person and were found guilty of doing those things.
The court did not ruin their lives. The court did not rob them of something. These are consequences. These are consequences for actions that harm others. Whether they are young or promising is completely beyond the point—they made a choice and that choice had consequences. You know what’s sad? That a young girl was harmed and that two young men did not make the choice to not rape a young woman and that they and their friends felt so young and promising that they thought they could get away with it.
I’m sorry, Poppy Harlow, that you find the fact that these two boys received punishment for forcing themselves upon a young woman who could not resist and could not say no a tragedy. I find it a tragedy that you do not see what they robbed from somebody else.