Stanford Rapist’s Father Makes Excuses For His Own Failure
Stanford Rapist’s Father Makes Excuses For His Own Failure
The story is cut, dried, and brutal. Brock Allen Turner, now 20 years old, was convicted of felony sexual assault after being caught in the act by two passersby.
Turner, who is from Dayton, Ohio, was arrested on the Palo Alto campus on 18 January 2015 after two Stanford graduate students spotted him lying on top of the victim outside of a Kappa Alpha party behind a dumpster. When officers arrived, the woman, who is not a Stanford student, was “completely unresponsive” and partially clothed, with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit, according to police.
The two witnesses who were biking past that evening said they saw Turner “thrusting” on top of the motionless woman and that they intervened and held him until police showed up.
Turner, who had a blood-alcohol level that was twice the legal limit, testified in court that he could walk and talk at the time and acknowledged that the victim was “very drunk”. He claimed that he did not intend to rape the woman and that the encounter was consensual.
The victim, who gave emotional testimony during the trial, regained consciousness at a hospital more than three hours after the assault and told police she had no memory of the attack.
To its credit, Stanford barred Turner from campus, and from ever returning as a student once he withdrew from school.
The real story, now, is that Turner, after being convicted of three felonies, is only being sentenced to six months in county jail. He could have received up to 14 years in state prison. The judge in the case, Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, gave Turner an extraordinarily lenient sentence because he felt that he was “sorry.”
Persky said Turner’s version of events, which is that he didn’t commit a crime because the woman was conscious and consented, is different than the one the jury accepted.
But Persky said he is not convinced Turner’s “lack of complete acquiescence to the verdict should count against him.”
Persky said Turner exhibited genuine feelings of remorse Thursday and the judge also has to take into consideration the whole picture of how imprisonment affects a person’s life.
Turner didn’t have a criminal history and both he and the victim were intoxicated, Persky said.
Persky also noted how Turner plans to start a cause in which he’ll teach and educate college students about the effects of excessive drinking and sexual promiscuity.
Persky said he read many character witness letters, including one from Turner’s friend that said she would never have guessed he could commit such a crime.
The victim’s impact statement, which deserves to be read in full, pointed out how Turner has refused, consistently, to admit to the rape and assault that he was caught in the act doing, and instead, continually blames the alcohol.
Unfortunately, after reading the defendant’s report, I am severely disappointed and feel that he has failed to exhibit sincere remorse or responsibility for his conduct. I fully respected his right to a trial, but even after twelve jurors unanimously convicted him guilty of three felonies, all he has admitted to doing is ingesting alcohol. Someone who cannot take full accountability for his actions does not deserve a mitigating sentence. It is deeply offensive that he would try and dilute rape with a suggestion of “promiscuity”. By definition rape is not the absence of promiscuity, rape is the absence of consent, and it perturbs me deeply that he can’t even see that distinction.
What has he done to demonstrate that he deserves a break? He has only apologized for drinking and has yet to define what he did to me as sexual assault, he has revictimized me continually, relentlessly. He has been found guilty of three serious felonies and it is time for him to accept the consequences of his actions. He will not be quietly excused.
He is a lifetime sex registrant. That doesn’t expire. Just like what he did to me doesn’t expire, doesn’t just go away after a set number of years. It stays with me, it’s part of my identity, it has forever changed the way I carry myself, the way I live the rest of my life.
It’s often said that alcohol doesn’t make us do things, but it reveals who we are. And now we have Example A of why Brock Turner, with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit, sexually assaulted an unconscious woman.
— Michele Dauber (@mldauber) June 5, 2016
In those 20 minutes of time, had Brock Turner decided to drive instead of commit a rape, he could have killed someone. He could have robbed the victim blind and emptied her bank account. But Daddie Dearest does not want people to judge his baby boy for “20 minutes” of bad behavior. He bemoans that he can’t buy his boy a steak anymore. He also refuses to acknowledge that his son is a convicted rapist, but instead focuses on “binge drinking” and “sexual promiscuity.” Excuse me, Daddie Dearest? Both of those issues that you list? Those are on YOU. Apparently, you never had a few talks with your son about not binge drinking. You never told him to keep his junk off unconscious women, or to not touch girls who clearly can’t talk back at the moment. And how do I know you didn’t? Your reaction now tells me you didn’t. If you had, you would be expressing shame, regret, horror, anger, that you raised a son what would be capable of this felony, and telling him to “man up” and accept the blame and consequences. Instead, you are whining over how your son’s life is “deeply altered forever” because he has to register as a sex offender. Not one word of sympathy or apology to the young woman he raped. Congratulations, Daddie Dearest. You created this monster. And when he gets out of the county lockup in three months (with time for good behavior figured in), he will go home to live with you. You can cook him steaks for the rest of his life, because he’s YOUR parasite. The rest of decent society will want little to do with your precious son, the registered sex offender.
Since the victim in this case did not receive a true measure of justice through the legal system, she will have to receive one through the court of public opinion.
— Heather Archuletta (@Pillownaut) June 6, 2016
Rape victim: After detailing "graphic details of my own sexual assault, the article listed his swimming times" https://t.co/mV2kYYRdBF
— CNN (@CNN) June 6, 2016
Her impact statement should be read widely, and may we all be as brave as her rescuers that night.
Most importantly, thank you to the two men who saved me, who I have yet to meet. I sleep with two bicycles that I drew taped above my bed to remind myself there are heroes in this story. That we are looking out for one another. To have known all of these people, to have felt their protection and love, is something I will never forget.
May we never shirk from stopping evil in the act, and may we never stop shunning those who commit such acts and refuse to take responsibility for their actions.