Making a bad situation so much worse.
Stanford University student Brock Turner was convicted of raping an unconscious woman, and has been sentenced to an jaw-droppingly low six months in prison after being found guilty for three felony sexual assault charges. More astounding than that, however, was the message Turner's father Dan Turner, sent to the judge of his trial, begging for leniency and for his son not to be sentenced to the full ten years that he was facing.
Turner's letter has enraged thousands who, rightfully, claim are not only the words of a rape apologist, but actually promote rape culture as well.
In the letter, which has since gone viral, Turner's father asks for mercy from the judge saying that incarceration "is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action," he wrote. Readers have been shocked by how willing to forgive his father was, failing to even refer to the crime his son committed, calling it "action" instead of what it actually was: rape.
RAPE CULTURE: Brock Turner's dad is sad he only got "20 minutes of action" & doesn't even like eating steaks anymore pic.twitter.com/eQswM8Lb11— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) June 5, 2016
People are now taking to Twitter, expressing their shock and anger over this troubling story, not only saying that this is a clear example of rape culture, but also calling out the double standard that white men are benefit from when facing serious charges such as these.
Brock Turner raped a woman in public (before male witnesses!) and gets 6 months in jail bc prison wld be hard on him.— Kamilah Willingham (@kamily) June 3, 2016
So this rapist gets a short sentence cuz prison'd have a "severe impact on him?" & what of his impact on his victim? https://t.co/JB2Lfb1s5O— Tracie Thoms (@traciethoms) June 3, 2016
Adding to this story, Turner's victim posted her in-court statement to Buzzfeed, making clear who the real victim is, as if that needed any clarification in the first place.
The letter begins quoting the victim directly as she alerts the court that she will be directing her statement directly to Turner. She then says, "You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today."
The victim powerfully discects Turner's defense, showing how backward his entire point of view truly was. Near the end of her statement, she said, "Lastly you said, I want to show people that one night of drinking can ruin a life. A life, one life, yours, you forgot about mine. Let me rephrase for you, I want to show people that one night of drinking can ruin two lives. You and me. You are the cause, I am the effect. You have dragged me through this hell with you, dipped me back into that night again and again. You knocked down both our towers, I collapsed at the same time you did. If you think I was spared, came out unscathed, that today I ride off into sunset, while you suffer the greatest blow, you are mistaken. Nobody wins."
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