Demand Justice for Stanford Rape Victim
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On June 2, there was a complete miscarriage of justice when Stanford University ex-student Brock Allen Turner was given a 6 month sentence after being found guilty of raping a semi-conscious woman behind a dumpster in 2015.
The maximum sentence could have been 14 years, but the lighter sentence was recommended and granted because probation officials said he had no prior criminal record and they said they believed that he was genuinely remorseful so they advised the court go easy on him, according to prosecution and defense sentencing memos.
Turner, 20, was convicted of three felony charges in late March: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object.
And he was given a 6 month sentence.
He was a once hopeful Olympic swimmer, according to press reports. And the judge apparently said, "A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him."
Want to know how the unnamed rape survivor was impacted? She gave a devastating statement in court.
"You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today," she said directly to Turner. "I am a human being who has been irreversibly hurt."
She has been given a life sentence. Here is her full statement given: https://www.buzzfeed.com/katiejmbaker/heres-the-powerful-letter-the-stanford-victim-read-to-her-ra?utm_term=.lr2LqvR1k#.llOGKdk3n
And Brock Allen Turner was given a 6 month sentence because "a prison sentence would have a severe impact on him."
The judge in this case must be held accountable. He not only went to Stanford, but also was an athlete there as well.
He clearly had 'bias toward a particular class' when he gave fellow alum and athlete Brock Allen Turner an egregioously light sentence. This is not acceptable.
If you or a loved one needs help after an assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline for free, confidential 24/7 support via telephone (800.656.HOPE) or through online chat at rainn.org.
En Espanol: rainn.org/es
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