By Sue Robinson’s own findings, it’s hard to sense that Deshaun Watson’s behavior was “nonviolent.”

Imagine you are at an ATM near your home. You’re headed to your niece’s high school graduation party and want to put some cash in her card. As soon as you leave the bank’s lobby door and go back to the pier, a larger and majestic person approaches you asking for the money you’ve just withdrawn.

You comply, and they run away. Your heart is beating in your ears, and your hands are trembling.

The police find the thief, and when the thief is before a judge, you discover not only that they are not remorseful, but that they did the same to at least seven other people in the days before and after you were robbed.

The judge admits to committing the crimes, until he says they think the thief will do the same again. But since they didn’t actually hurt you with a gun or their fists and only threaten you verbally, the penalty would be five hours of unsupervised community service.

You’d be angry, wouldn’t you? After all, you may not have been physically hurt, but the mental and emotional damage has meant weeks of brooding nightmares, and even months later, you’re terrified of walking into your area, which felt so good not so long ago.

That’s, in a nutshell, what independent arbitrator Sue L. Robinson said to Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s accusers in her Monday ruling, the zigzag decision in which she wrote Yes, Watson committed sexual assault, but at her discretion. It was “non-violent”.

Much of her 16-page judgment—which, Robinson wrote, was limited to the four massage therapists whose testimony was included in the NFL investigation report, and not all of the 24 women who filed civil lawsuits—did not make sense. But it is clear to Robinson, that there were no rape sets, no bruises, no torn underwear in an evidence envelope somewhere, the mental and emotional trauma the defendants had apparently suffered was not worth considering as it imposed Watson’s sentence.

Of the four women the NFL brought to present its argument during the hearing, one said she needed treatment after being assigned with Watson and that she was “struggling to function,” according to the referee. Another said she was battling depression and insomnia because of what she claimed Watson had done to her. Another is considering quitting massage therapy altogether.

Is this not violent?

Deshaun Watson’s behavior was determined to be “non-violent” by independent arbitrator Sue Robinson. Let’s spend some time with that. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)

Ashley Solis, the first woman to bring a case against Watson, has gone on record several times with alleging Watson’s sexually inappropriate and unwanted behavior during their appointment. Two years after her interaction with Watson, she still sheds memories, as evidenced by her interview with Soledad O’Brien on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” that aired in May.

Is this not violent?

Since Robinson’s decision gives the impression that she was related to the letter of the personal behavior policy and not to her spirit, perhaps she should seek out the definition of “violence” because it is not as narrow as you think. Violence can be valid or effective. The effect of Watson’s behavior on Solis and these other women was violent.

Sexual assault no longer requires the physical violence that Robinson seems to believe does more than racism that requires n-words and white caps. Both can injure and cause permanent scarring without any physical interaction – and in Watson’s case, there is I was Also allegedly, with some women accusing him of touching them with his penis, ejaculating at them, or forcing them to have oral sex. Sexual assault is dependent on consent. These women did not give their consent to Watson’s behavior.

Robinson’s words may have many long-term consequences, few of which are good, but for now, these words serve to highlight that many people still don’t understand enough about sexual violence, including former federal judges.

It also confirms to many of us, once again, how some people, even other women, perceive a woman to be disposed, especially if she is black or brown or works in the service industry.

Robinson wrote that she believed the NFL’s claim that Watson “had a sexual purpose—not merely a therapeutic purpose—in making these arrangements.”

She wrote that Watson knew that “sexual intercourse is undesirable”.

She wrote that Watson committed sexual assault as defined by the NFL.

She wrote that Watson still showed no remorse, had acted with “reckless disregard for consequences”, and that his pattern of behavior was “more egregious than any behavior previously reviewed by the NFL”.

She believes Watson is such a high risk that she wants him, for the remainder of his career, to get massages only through his team or with a team-certified therapist.

To some of us, this feels like a predator, someone who knows what he’s doing is wrong, does it anyway and could do it again in the future.

Given all this, Robinson gave Watson a slap on the wrist.

Him not to throw one at it.

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