Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the Brock Turner case & the ridiculous leniency that came with it. Incase you missed it, to recap, he raped an unconscious women behind a dumpster until he was stopped by two witnesses. For his crimes, he was sentenced to 6 months in jail….6 months…for committing one of the most heinous crimes possible.
If you’ve been following this story, or just casually scrolling through Facebook, you’ve probably also been further outraged by his father’s letter to the judge. You can read the entirety of that ridiculousness here, courtesy of Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/brock-turner-dad-action-stanford-sexual-assault_us_57548e2fe4b0c3752dcdf574?section=women&
There are so many things wrong with the above letter, it becomes very hard to zero in on what part is the MOST disturbing.
For one, Turner’s father refers to his son’s crime as, “20 minutes of action.” Further, he also goes into detail about how the events of that night have changed his son. How he won’t eat and now struggles with depression & anxiety….for the rape in which he committed. What about the damages effects on the girl he chose to attack? What about the damaging effects that will haunt her for the rest of her life?
But lets talk more about how your son is the one we should be feeling sorry for…….
In addition to outraging me, it also took me back to a time where I heard something very similar from my own rapist’s father. It’s one sentence I’ll never forget it.
We were in the downstairs living room of my grandparents house. I was sitting on the stone fireplace and he was in the rocking chair beside me. My grandfather was also in the room. I don’t recall what exactly triggered his statement but I’m guessing it was something on the news blaring in the background.
“That’s just another one of those girls that goes out, drinks too much, has sex, and then cries rape.”
Cries rape….another one of those girls who goes out….like there’s some army of us just waiting to f*!# up & then create an elaborate excuse as to why we aren’t in the wrong. As if no rapes every occurred and, “another one of those girls,” just said it did for funnies.
All of which makes me incredibly angry because, like Turner’s father statement, it’s the epedimy of rape culture. It’s what breeds, “she was asking for it.” She drank too much. Her skirt was too short. It’s not his fault.
Rather than admit his son’s sexual assault, Turner’s father blames alcohol for his actions. Noting that his son was willing to give speeches about the dangers of alcohol at other Universities….because alcohol raped that girl & sent her to the hospital. Because alcohol took away her sense of safety in the world. Right….
This case is the biggest miscarriage of justice I have ever seen in my 26 years. 6 months for raping a woman when witnesses were present….6 months for a guilty verdict in a sexual assault trial. This cannot go on. I personally cannot fathom how Turner, his father, or that joke of a judge sleeps at night.
Speaking of the judge, there is currently a petition to remove him from the bench that already has over 200k signatures. I have singed it & encourage you to as well.