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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - A court order requiring a confessed rapist to spend time with victims of rape has stunned victims’ advocates.

In a plea deal Friday, Sir Young, 20, agreed to serve 45 days in jail and 5 years probation for raping a 14-year-old girl on their high school campus.

In her order, the judge wrote Young had to spend that time completing 250 hours of community service “at a rape crisis center.”
“When probation called, they asked, ‘Is this possible?’ I said, ‘No, it’s not possible’,” said Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center executive director Bobbie Villareal.

DARCC is the only rape crisis center in Dallas that uses volunteers, and it requires them to clear a criminal background check. Volunteers work directly with victims, answering their calls to the hotline and assisting them during rape exams. They also work with local organizations like the Girl Scouts and attend public events, like Chief on the Beat, doing community outreach with police.

“It flies in the face of logic. First of all, in that you would ask someone to do their community supervision for the population that has been directly affected by the exact crime. That’s like saying a pedophile should do their community supervision helping at a pre-school,” said Villareal.

She said a Dallas County probation officer told her she would meet with the judge to discuss changes to the court order.

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