I can’t even begin to express my feelings about the decision for Brock Turner’s 6-month conviction after being found guilty on three counts of sexual assault for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on a January night in 2015. 6 months…….let that sink in. All star swimming champion and Stanford student gets such a light sentence because according to Judge Aaron Persky, any longer sentence would have a “severe impact” on Turner.
Turner faced up to 14 years in STATE PRISON but instead got 182 days. As an American, I’m ashamed that this is what our legal system is right now but most importantly as a woman, I’m disgusted and infuriated to know that this is the sentence people are getting now a days for violating the body of another human being. Reasons like this is EXACTLY why people are afraid to speak up when they’ve been raped, because it seems to be taken lightly. Perpetrators can’t even get the full length of a sentence because of “severe impact” but instead get a small slap on the hand and a 6 month conviction for ruining the rest of someone’s else life. That saying that goes “if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime” is so real because Brock Turner was man enough that night to manage to get a woman OUT of the place where he met her, behind a dumpster and then penetrate her unconscious body. IF SOMEONE IS MAN ENOUGH TO DO THAT…to violate a persons’ right to CONSENT then let me tell you something Brock Turner, you should be man enough to take the responsibility for your actions. 182 days in prison for raping a woman….you got lucky, you know in the back of your head you should be in jail longer for what you did but because you’re an athlete with money, I guess there’s leniency in the legal system.
For the Judge to give you such a light sentence because it would have a severe impact on YOU means he clearly wasn’t thinking of the impact that you’ve caused on someone else. She will forever remember how she felt waking up in that hospital and all the uncomfortable procedures she had to go through to learn that she was raped. Brock Turner goes to jail for 6 MONTHS and by the end of the year, he’s out and just in time for new year resolutions. I’m sure “not violating another human being” is at the top of your list Brock…I mean hopefully…since 6 months is such a long time to think about what you did.
I want to make a quick point here so read carefully — Brock Turner’s sentence is shorter than what it takes for a survivor to heal. With that being said, some people take years to heal, to be themselves again…to forget the damage that another selfish, inconsiderate person did to them only to “get it in”. Apparently people like Brock can’t get a conscious woman in bed so instead raping is the only answer – the old school jerking off in bathroom to porn just doesn’t cut it anymore. 182 days……. I hope it’s nice in there Brock, because I’m pretty sure it’ll be hell out here when you come out.
Like the survivor said, “Even if this sentence is light, I want the judge to know that he ignited a tiny fire. If anything, this is a reason for all of us to speak up.” I couldn’t agree with that more. It’s never too late to make a change, to fight for what you believe in. As women, we have to realize we’re already minimized by empowered men but we are just as equal as they are. It’s time to make a change for the future because if we don’t do it, no one will!
Sign the petition below to remove Judge Persky from the bench – http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/stanford_judgeperskyrecall/?sp_ref=203524920.39.169697.f.535905.5&referring_akid=.1304895.c2y3h0&source=sp_fbook
And read the amazing letter the victim read to Brock Turner during trial: https://www.buzzfeed.com/katiejmbaker/heres-the-powerful-letter-the-stanford-victim-read-to-her-ra?utm_term=.qtmy6vEXYB#.agdvzZwmJl