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!
Isn’t a prison sentence supposed to have a “severe impact” on a criminal?
Isn’t that the whole point?
Like - why would jail exist as a form of punishment if not to have such an effect?
Aaron Persky doesn’t care if the criminals who are tried in his courtroom are severely impacted by their sentences. He cares that members of the privileged white male club he’s in don’t have to suffer the consequences of their heinous deeds. Turner is a vicious criminal plain and simple. He deserves far more than a slap on the wrist. He deserves to feel the severe impact of years in prison. Lord knows the survivor of his violent attack will feel the effect of his actions the rest of her life.
Hi. I know we haven’t met before and we will probably never meet. My name is Averi Candy. I am 22 years old. I am a recent college graduate. But most importantly I am a woman. I am a woman with eyes, ears, nose, and mouth just like you. I’m also a human being, just like the victim in this situation. And no, Brock I am not talking about you.
Now Brock, when you decided to get drunk at a party like most college students do, it was normal and I’m sure you had a really good time. This is what you’re supposed to do. You’re supposed to enjoy everything that college has to offer. However, I am not sure that what you did is part of the college experience. I’m sure you’ve had countless people tell you what you’ve done wrong, I’m sure you’ve cried, I’m sure you lay and bed and think about what you’ve done every night. But at the same time I have a feeling you have a sense of relief in your body. You may cry about what is going to happen to you but in the back of your mind there has to be a thought of “Well…that could have turned out much worse than it did.”
Is….that okay to you? Knowing that your mother and father sent you off to a very good school to further your education and this is how you repay them? Being a 20 year old rapist? That’s interesting to me. You seem like a nice kid. Well that’s because it’s what everyone defending you keeps saying anyway. But just because you’re nice, friendly, and swam at Stanford (which in my opinion is completely irrelevant to your crime however it’s necessary to keep bringing up for some reason), doesn’t give you the right to put anyone’s life in danger and get away with it.
I come from a very good family. I’m sure we have that in common. My parents had to teach me that there are probably going to be times when I got to college that I have to be careful because the men…excuse me… Boys around me might do something to potentially ruin my life. It’s a shame that they have to tell their daughter to do that but I digress. When your parents sent you off for your apparently amazing swimming career did they tell you “Now Brock….don’t rape anyone while you’re here, ok?” I’m sure they didn’t have to because, you knew better. I’ve been around a lot of drunk people in my time at college so trust me when I say I know how sometimes your brain doesn’t work like it should. However when someone is passed out, behind a dumpster, and clearly not responsive your first thought was to have sex with her? Not to help her? Call the police? Or was your selfish 20 year old brain worried about how you’d be caught for underage drinking had you gotten some help from authority? Regardless of what you thought would happen, I know for a fact that your parents told you that when you do something bad you have to pay the consequences. At this point your punishment is out of your hands & I understand that you pretty much have to sit there and let the 6 month sentence happen and then you’re a free man. But while you’re in prison you should think about this. While you may be in jail for short sentence, think about how your victim feels. She has to live with the fact that you’re going to be free in 6 months while she has to deal with this for life. Think about her family. How her parents must feel knowing that her rapist isn’t paying the full price of his actions. Think about YOUR family. Do you have a mom? Do you have a sister? Do you have female cousins? Aunts? A grandmother? What if this had been one of them? Will your dads defense of you being a good kid means less than your victims life? Will your dads comments about how you only having “20 minutes of action” stop people from defining what kind of person you are and how long your sentence should be? Will your dads comments about how much you loved to eat steak and now you eat to survive supposed to make your victim feel any better?
While you sit in jail you can consider those things and maybe it’ll make those short 6 months even shorter. You can tell your cell mates who have also raped and have been in jail 10, 15 years how long your sentence is and what you did. See how they react. You can even tell the people who are in there for years for crimes like child support and marijuana charges. See how they react. I don’t know people in jail, Brock but at the same time you have to know this isn’t ok. This judge gave you the golden ticket. This judge gave you, a get of a jail free card. As a grown man, you should know better. You should own up to what you did and yea it may have been only 20 mins but consider the rest of HER life.
With all the media commenting on this I’m sure you feel really bad about what you did. That’s not enough for me. I don’t care if your feelings are hurt. I don’t care that you don’t enjoy ribeye like you used to. I don’t care that jail could have a severe impact on you. That doesn’t matter. Jail is a punishment. Jail isn’t a spa or a vacation. Jail SHOULD have a severe impact on you. And I hope it does. I hope you come out from your sentence and realize that you’re no more than those rapists serving their maximum sentences. You’re no more than a sexual predator or sex offender. You’re not just a Stanford swimmer anymore, Brock. You’re a rapist that knows how to float.
The Brock Turner case really hits home for me. Few people know what I went through my freshmen year of college because I was ashamed that I let it happen to me. I blamed myself for getting raped because we’ve been taught that it’s the victims fault because of reasons such as what they were wearing or how much alcohol they had consumed. After reporting it and having my case get thrown out because “I had cheered him on during beer pong.” I saw first hand how the justice system is truly fucking garbage, I understand why most people don’t report their assault to the police. It’s because of assholes like Brock Turner who get off easy for brutally raping an unconscious female and Judges like Aaron Persky that give light punishments because “prison would have a severe impact” on Brock the rapist.
Ten mówił: wymiotował słowa z trudem, kawałami, niestrawione, okropne. Właściwie słowa były zwykłe, bo cóż poza poezją, słowami niezwykłego wyrazić można — ale ton, ton i „dykcja“ i to gardłowe duszenie się: zdawało się że wszystkie bebechy podchodzą mu pod samo gardło jak kłąb robaków, że za chwilę wyrzygnie całego siebie na perski dywanik i zostanie z niego tylko cienka skórka, wywrócona jak pończocha.
Rape is a f*cking crime and deserves equally severe sentencing.
Any adverse feeling on this issue and the belief that a 6 month sentencing is appropriate is just delusional thinking. Oh, excuse me, 6 months where mostly likely only 3 will be served because I guess rape is excusable if a rapist demonstrates good behavior. Is this a joke?
‘You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today.’ Those are the words that due to the hellhole of a reality that ‘Emily Doe’ is now living and will carry with her the rest of her life, those are the words she can actually say when she addresses, Brock Turner, her rapist, the good swimmer. A judge delivering an absolute ludicrous sentencing is subsequently delivering a crazy message about something that can effect anyone.
We’re human beings. There is no bulletproof vest for life. Rape can happen to anyone, rape can happen to even you, you that I am asking to sign this petition. I hope you do.
“I stood there examining my body beneath the stream of water and decided, I don’t want my body anymore. I was terrified of it.”
This is something the undeniably courageous ‘Emily Doe’ recited from the letter she so bravely read aloud to a full courtroom and directed at her rapist, Brock Turner.
I signed this petition. It’s simple –signed it because I am a human being.
I also know exactly what it feels like to have those same thoughts while, for hours, I curled up in a ball under a similar stream of water.
In the shower, no longer curled up and able to stand –that is me in the photo. The intention of sharing this naked photo of me is meant to is to grab your attention so you read up to this point, to ultimately get you to sign this petition. In this photo taken 14 years later I can now stand but I can still remember those thoughts when I felt water coming down onto the body I no longer wanted to be in.
I think anyone that has been raped knows and always remembers those thoughts. Rape can happen to anyone, even you that is looking at this photo, you could have those thoughts too.
Hopefully everyone can see the dangerous message stemming from Judge Aaron Persky’s inability to give a equally severe sentencing for the severity of rape. “A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him.” Perksy says in regard to Brock Turner. Perksy excuses rape. Would you want it to be excusable if Turner raped you?
I don’t believe you would. So I don’t think I’m asking much. Sign this petition.