MADISON, Wis.—Milwaukee has a history of denying women justice and Janet Protasiewicz is a big part of the problem.
It’s a well-known fact that adult sexual assault victims in Milwaukee are not getting the justice they deserve. In 2021, Milwaukee County prosecutors brought charges in only 40% of the adult sexual assault cases referred to them. Sixty-one percent of adult sexual assault cases that went to a jury trial in Milwaukee County between 2016 and 2021 resulted in convictions.
But for adult sexual assault victims who find their cases before Janet Protasiewicz in a plea deal, the chance for justice isn’t much better than in a jury trial. As Protasiewicz told one rapist, “Are you a danger to the public? I don’t think so.”
Protasiewicz says it’s very important that everyone know her “values” in regards to abortion. Inquiring minds would like to know exactly what values was Protasiewicz applying when she didn’t give any jail time to a man who raped and impregnated a 15-year-old girl incapable of giving consent?
Protasiewicz is careful to point out that when she states her “values” she’s not saying how she would rule on a case. We’re grateful for that mind-blowing clarification–perhaps it explains how a woman who claims to be a protector of the community could justify giving little-to-no jail-time to men who prey on women.