Brock Turner, former Stanford University swimmer, sexually assaulted (read: raped) an unconscious female behind a dumpster while intoxicated.
The 20-year-old was originally sentenced to a maximum of 14 years of imprisonment and charged with three felonies, one of which was sexual assault with an intent to rape.
Ahem. Intent to rape. Pardon?
However, Judge Aaron Persky ruled that, with his "positive character references" and "lack of a criminal record," Brock Turner would only serve a six-month sentence in a county jail. Yes, county jail, not federal prison. Also, with good behavior, Turner is expected to serve only three months. According to The Guardian, the judge said prison would have a "severe impact" on Turner.
Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen said what we are all thinking (and saying) following the judge's ruling: "the punishment 'did not fit the crime.'"
Turner's father spoke up on behalf of his son, saying the "former swimmer" should not have to serve time for "20 minutes of action."
Sorry this woman, who had no say in the matter whatsoever, didn't put out.
Naturally, Judge Persky's decision sparked a social media outcry, with many pulling quotes directly from the 23-year-old victim's personal impact statement. She read a condensed version of her 12-page statement at Turner's hearing, detailing her assault, the invasive exam after the fact, and the "excruciating" interrogation in court.
"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, I didn’t know what had been in it, if it had been contaminated, who had touched it. I wanted to take off my body like a jacket and leave it at the hospital with everything else."
"You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today. The damage is done, no one can undo it. And now we both have a choice. We can let this destroy us, I can remain angry and hurt and you can be in denial, or we can face it head on, I accept the pain, you accept the punishment, and we move on.”
Michele Dauber, a law professor at Stanford, tweeted a portion of the probation pre-sentencing report that told how Brock Turner's life had been "deeply altered" by the trial.
Never mind the victim's altered life.
According to Dauber, Turner's father read his "all too real" statement aloud in court. In it, he said Turner's sentence was not "appropriate punishment" and that his son was “totally committed to educating other college age students about the dangers of alcohol consumption and sexual promiscuity."
In her own statement at Thursday's hearing, the 23-year-old noted how Turner said he had wanted to “show people that one night of drinking can ruin a life.”
“Let me rephrase for you, I want to show people that one night of drinking can ruin two lives. You and me. You are the cause, I am the effect."
"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 the absence of promiscuity, rape is the absence of consent, and it perturbs me deeply that he can’t even see that distinction."
"Your damage was concrete; stripped of titles, degrees, enrolment. My damage was internal, unseen, I carry it with me."
Brock Turner will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his natural life.