Every time someone mentions the name Brock Turner, my blood boils and I see red.
If you haven’t heard of this particular rape case, where have you been? To summarise, Brock Turner is a 19 year old who raped an unconscious woman behind a dumpster after a frat party and was sentenced to 6 months in jail which was then reduced to a 3 month sentence because jail would have (and I quote) ‘a severe impact’ on his life.
If you haven’t read the victim’s letter to the judge, I strongly suggest you do here:
Now contrast that to the letter Dan Turner, father of Brock Turner, wrote to the judge. Compare the emotional abuse and anguish that the victim has felt to the sad, sad fact that Brock now doesn’t enjoy steak.
And to add insult to injury, Leslie Rasmussen, a friend of Brock Turner, wrote in her letter
“Where do we draw the line and stop worrying about being politically correct every second of the day and see that rape on campuses isn’t always because people are rapists.”Newsflash sweetheart, rape everywhere happens because people are rapists. I genuinely cannot begin the comprehend how one could justify such monstrous actions and put it down to people trying to be ‘politically correct every second of the day’. Victim blaming in such a day and age is exactly why rape culture still exists in society today, women are made to feel like it was their fault, like they caused the rape by drinking or dressing a certain way. No. Rape happens because people are victims, I could be stark naked on the street and I still wouldn’t be asking for it, I would probably be considered an exhibitionist, but I would not be asking for someone to rape me. And to undermine the victim’s assault because she ‘doesn’t remember anything’ is truly bigoted, if I had stabbed you when you were unconscious, you would still have the stab wounds when you wake up and you would still feel pain, what makes rape any different?
To blame the situation on clouded judgement on both parts is, quite frankly stupid. The victim didn’t have a clouded judgement, she was unconscious, she didn’t have the option of judgement.
It is truly heartbreaking to see that a rapist who physically and emotionally violated an innocent woman walk away with so little repercussions, the judge’s excuse was that he didn’t seem ‘dangerous to society’ and that jail would have a ‘severe impact’ on his future. I wonder if he stopped for a moment to consider the severe impact Turner had on his victim, the trauma that he caused her, both physically and mentally.
This case is more than just Brock Turner and his victim. It stands for the injustice that rape victims all over the world have experienced and haven’t gotten their closure for. To let such a monster walk away like this is insulting to people all over the world, it doesn’t discourage rape on campuses; it implies that if you are white with a lot of money, it doesn’t matter because it will be brushed off as a mistake.
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