Father of Stanford Rapist Pens Letter
The father of a 20-year-old white Stanford University man found guilty of raping an unconscious 23-year-old woman on campus has penned a letter to the judge after his son’s sentencing.
Last week, Brock Allen Turner was found guilty of sexual assault. He was sentenced to six months in jail with 3 years probation. Turner also has to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Turner was awarded what many deem a light sentence because the judge felt that “a prison sentence would have a severe impact on him…”
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky also cited Turner’s lack of criminal history for his lenient decision.
A Change.org petition has been created to remove Judge Persky from his position.
Now, Turner’s father is coming to his defense taking issue with the punishment.
On Sunday, Dan A. Turner penned an open letter in response to the verdict of the rape case. In it, Turner said his son’s jail sentence “isn’t an appropriate punishment.”
“As it stands now, Brock’s life has been deeply altered forever by the events of January 17 and 18,” the letter begins. “He will never be his happy go lucky self with that easy-going personality and welcoming smile. […] That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 years of life.”
These words are very applicable to well…the victim, not Mr. Turner.
In an emotional testimony, the 23-year-old unidentified victim explained how she learned that she had been attacked by a stranger. She detailed the toll the incident and trial had taken on her, as Turner’s attorneys argued she had consented to sex.
“”I made silly faces, let my guard down, and drank liquor too fast not factoring in that my tolerance had significantly lowered since college,” she said according to ESPN. “The next thing I remember I was in a gurney in a hallway. I had dried blood and bandages on the backs of my hands and elbow. I thought maybe I had fallen and was in an admin office on campus. I was very calm and wondering where my sister was…”
The victim went on to describe how a deputy explained she had been assaulted. She also described in detail how hospital staff documented her injuries:
“I stood there examining my body beneath the stream of water and decided, I don’t want my body anymore. I was terrified of it,” she continued. “I wanted to take off my body like a jacket and leave it at the hospital with everything else. My independence, natural joy, gentleness, and steady lifestyle I had been enjoying became distorted beyond recognition. I became closed off, angry, self-deprecating, tired, irritable, empty.”
The sentencing alone is a solid example of white male privilege. Anytime someone can rape and violate another human being with minimal repercussions is disturbing.
But this letter…this “complaint” is just sickening. Dan A. Turner should be just as ashamed as his son should be because his actions are quite despicable.
And what’s frightening is that it just may work.
Photo: The Guardian