Brock Turner: the All-American rapist who got 6 months
On June 2, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced 20-year-old Brock Turner to six months in county jail and three years of probation for three charges of sexual assault after raping a 23-year-old woman at Stanford University on January 18, 2015.
— lemonade (@Mocha_fashion) June 7, 2016
Turner was arrested after being caught raping an unconscious, half-naked woman outside of the Kappa Alpha fraternity house on Stanford University’s campus. In court, he argued that the sexual activity was consensual, yet the woman was very drunk and unconscious at the time, and she could not remember what had happened when she woke up.
— Forbidden Fruit (@rosa_alexia2) June 7, 2016
Social media platforms have been in uproar in light of Turner’s light sentence, and the statement his father made in Turner’s defense released this past week did not do much but fan the flames. His father’s statement mentioned that, “[Turner] has never been violent to anyone including his actions on the night of Jan 17, 2015,” and, “that [the given sentence of six months] is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action.” He claimed that his son is undeserving of such a harsh punishment of six months in jail and his life will be forever changed because of it. Judge Persky also stated that, “a prison sentence would have a severe impact on him. I think he will not be a danger to others.”
— Olivia A. Cole (@RantingOwl) June 7, 2016
What Turner, his father, and Persky neglect to realize is that Turner has forever altered the life of an innocent woman. The unnamed victim addressed her attacker directly in court when she made her statement, in which she had included the severe impact he had made on her and said that he had destroyed her life. BuzzFeed News released her 7,244 word statement, which begins by saying, “You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me.” Her statement received millions of views within the first day.
— Kristin V. (@KLDVComedy) June 7, 2016
Persky has received a heavy amount of criticism from people all over the world for not effectively punishing Turner and within one day of the sentence release, nearly 200,000 people had signed a petition to recall him. The hashtag #BrockTurnerIsARapist has also been trending for over a week on most social media platforms. Though he did not get as harsh a sentence as he should have, this incident has raised much-needed attention to rape culture and racial disparities in sentencing laws for sex crimes.
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