An ex-Stanford swimmer named Brock Turner who was found guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus after attending a frat party was only given 6 months jail time. The judge who decided the penality claimed that "[a] prison sentence would have a severe impact on him." Turner had repeatedly denied culpability during the trial and was regularly treated by media as a "once-promising" athlete -- an all-too-common narrative.
The case has now drawn ire from anti-racist activists who have pointed out the leniency with which white criminals are treated by the justice system and horrified feminists who question the asymmetry between the terrible crime and the light punishment.
During the trial, the victim gave a powerful indictment of Turner, who, according to Jezebel, "blamed 'campus drinking culture' and 'the sexual promiscuity that goes along with that,' for raping a woman":
“Ruin 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. Your damage was concrete; stripped of titles, degrees, enrollment. My damage was internal, unseen, I carry it with me. You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today.”
Turner's father's response has since been posted on social media, in which he defends his son by saying that Brock should not have to suffer serious penalties for only "20 minutes of action":
District Attorney Jeff Rosen was vocal about his displeasure with the way the case was handled. “The punishment does not fit the crime,” he said in an official statement, which the DA read after the sentence was issued. “The sentence does not factor in the true seriousness of this sexual assault, or the victim’s ongoing trauma. Campus rape is no different than off-campus rape. Rape is rape.”
Additionally, Turner's sentence will probably be reduced to three months “with credit for good behavior.”
Are you angry yet?