Brock Allen Turner.
Some would describe him as a promising Stanford student, and competitive swimmer.
I would not.
I would describe him as a 19 year old sexual predator who attacked a 23-year old woman, then got off with a six-month sentence because of a judge who isn’t fit to grace the bench. I would also describe him as a young man who is unable to admit when he has done something wrong, and who blames the victim of the sexual assault he committed for the whole scenario. He plans to start a charity to combat the ‘campus drinking culture’ instead of the rape culture in which he was an active participant. If not for two Swedish Grad students, he might have left a young woman naked, unconscious, and alone next to a dumpster; like the disposable object he thought she was.
He took an intoxicated and vulnerable young woman from a party and turned her into an inanimate receptacle for his sexual desires. He obviously did not seek her permission to do so, and had his attorney emotionally violate her in court. As if this young woman hadn’t gone through enough, the attorney efficiently assassinated her character on the stand. He placed the focus on the fact that she dared drink to intoxication, which is legal. He diverted attention from the fact that Brock Allen Turner engaged in sexual activity with her while she was unconscious, which is illegal. The attorney asked if she had a habit of cheating on her boyfriend, as if that is even in the same ethical universe. As if she were consenting to relations with a man who violated her unconscious body.
And dared to say a year later that this young woman consented to sex next to a dumpster.
At what point are we going to stop victim blaming and start teaching our sons that sexual assault is unacceptable? When are we going to stop defending wrongdoing on the part of our sons? At what point do we say, “Son, you have done something so absolutely wrong that I am not defending you with my money. Get a public defender”?
At what point will we stop condoning the assault of young women because they have had too much to drink? At what point will we stop thinking: “She Asked For It” ?
There is a petition to recall this judge. Click here if you want to sign it.
Disgusting. Morally Bereft. Heartbreakingly Sad.
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