Brock Turner

Stanford law professor Michelle Dauber recently posted a portion ofa letter written by Turner’s father on Twitter. The message, which Dan Turner wrote before his son was sentenced, was meant to encourage the judge at the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse in Palo Alto, Calif., to consider an alternative sentence to jail time. In it, Dan Turner never acknowledges that his son has committed a crime, as The Cut points out—even though two Stanford graduate students found him “thrusting” on top of an unconscious woman behind a dumpster.

Rather, he focuses on how he will “never be his happy go lucky self with that easy going personality and welcoming smile” again. “This is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life,” he writes. “What I know as his father is that incarceration is not the appropriate punishment for Brock. He has no prior criminal history and has never been violent to anyone including his actions on the night of Jan 17th 2015. Brock can do so many positive things as a contributor to society and is totally committed to educating other college age students about the dangers of alcohol consumption and sexual promiscuity.”

I’m appalled in so many ways. First, I’m her! Although, I was a virgin and I was not under the influence nor unconscious but I was raped. No matter her inebriated state, she gave no consent to him. Rape is rape.

He walks away with a six month sentence in the county but she’ll have a life time sentence despite all she’ll do to try not to remember the incident. Sure she has no memory of the crime against her now,but that image will arise and she’ll relive that night as vivid as her first kiss. It’s like a nightmare that always come. When she’s finally with someone it’ll come up. She’ll be afraid to be touched, held or trust even when she knows no harm is near. She’ll smell him at odd times and fear will fill her soul. She’ll remember his face in every person she sees.

It sickens me more that his parents have made a mockery of this hideous crime and the judge basically agreed. His father said 20 minutes as if his son’s pleasure was more important than this young lady’s life. He talked about how his child was nonviolent even during this incident. Really? He raped an unconscious woman and you said 20 minutes but that was twenty minutes that she didn’t voluntarily agree to. So yes he is a criminal and a rapist and he is violent. So would it be safe to say that your privileged child was so unpleasant that he couldn’t get consensual sex from another woman?
Then his mom said ,” “I beg of you, please don’t send him to jail/prison,” Carleen Turner wrote. “Look at him. He won’t survive it. He will be damaged forever and I fear he would be a major target. Stanford boy, college kid, college athlete — all the publicity … This would be a death sentence for him.” Seriously?
His victim is damaged forever by the knowledge that her son raped her and took away her right to say no. He didn’t think about him targeting her or all he had to lose or the death sentence he could have possibly given her. Suicide could have been her very thoughts after hearing what happened to her.
Then they made a GoFundMe to help “ease” the burden of their legal cost. God help these people. It was recently removed but they made this a mockery. This was a slap in the face of every victim of rape and our justice system just gave them all a reason to fear speaking against these types of predators.

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