My thought on Brock Allen Turner, convicted rapist
As the outrage towards the Brock Turner verdict grows, so does my anger. While we wait for someone more competent than Judge Aaron Persky to address this convicted rapist’s crimes, there are a number of offenses that can’t help but be repeated:
- Dan A. Turner, Brock’s father, wrote a letter about how this case has ruined his son’s life. The most infamous line from this letter is the following sentence: “That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.”
- The maximum sentence that Brock Turner faced was 14 years in state prison. Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to six months in county jail (three months for good behavior). He stated that any more jail time would have a “severe impact” on the twenty year-old’s life.
- Leslie Rasmussen, a childhood friend of Turner’s and drummer of indie band Good English, wrote: “I don’t think it’s fair to base the fate of the next ten + years of his life on the decision of a girl who doesn’t remember anything but the amount she drank to press charges against him. I am not blaming her directly for this, because that isn’t right. But 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.” (This excerpt was provided by US Magazine’s website.)
- According to the iconic letter written by the Stanford Survivor, Brock Turner plans to establish a program for high school students, where he will speak to them about his experience “to speak out against the college campus drinking culture and the sexual promiscuity that goes along with that.”
- ‘Bustle’ posted an article revealing the contents of the letter that Turner wrote to the judge, including this: “During the day, I shake uncontrollably from the amount I torment myself by thinking about what has happened. I wish I had the ability to go back in time and never pick up a drink that night, let alone interact with [redacted]. I can barely hold a conversation with someone without having my mind drift into thinking these thoughts. They torture me. I go to sleep every night having been crippled by these thoughts to the point of exhaustion.”
My thoughts about all of this:
Putting aside the fact that the woman who was assaulted can never go back to the way her life was before, I agree with the fact that Brock Turner’s life will be forever altered by this case. In fact, I’m counting on it.
I hope that every single time he applies for a job, they turn him away. I hope that every woman he meets has the good sense to avoid him like the plague, from this very day until the day he dies. Lord help us all if Brock Turner ever has children of his own and the disturbing sentiment he and his father share is passed down. Above all, I hope he never gets a moment of peace for the rest of his life.
The point of being convicted for rape, for taking away someone’s consent and innocence, is the severe impact. Aaron Persky, a former Stanford athlete, let his bias towards the ‘aspiring Olympian’ cloud his judgment. Those “20 minutes of action” had a life-long impact on the unnamed survivor.
Leslie Rasmussen needs to reestablish her way of thinking if she believes that Brock Turner is anything but guilty. She also stated, “This is completely different from a woman getting kidnapped and raped as she is walking to her car in a parking lot. That is a rapist. These are not rapists. These are idiot boys and girls having too much to drink and not being aware of their surroundings and having clouded judgement.” Most rapes are committed by someone that the survivor knows. (That’s what the woman who was assaulted and anyone else who has ever been sexually assaulted are- not victims, they are survivors.)
Dan Turner is a complete imbecile for attempting to convince the public that his son should be sympathized with. Am I really supposed to feel sorry for your rapist of a son because he doesn’t have the appetite to eat a fucking ribeye steak? Your son shouldn’t have to register as a sex offender- he should be required to not only register but also have it tattooed across his forehead. You and your child are goddamn idiots, beyond any form of help, if you believe all of this comes down to “campus drinking culture and sexual promiscuity” and want to “break the cycle of binge drinking and its unfortunate results.”
Fuck Dan A. Turner, fuck Leslie Rasmussen, fuck Judge Aaron Persky, and fuck Brock Allen Turner!