Vice President Joe Biden has always been vocal about the rampant rise of sexual assault against women on college campuses. In reply to a powerful statement written by the Stanford rape survivor in the Brock Turner case, he sent out an open letter to Buzzfeed News in support of the girl.
Writing in favor of the anonymous survivor, Biden emphasized in the letter that the rape survivor was failed by a culture that allows college campus rape to continue. He wrote to the girl, “I do not know your name, but your words are forever seared on my soul. Words that should be required reading for men and women of all ages.”
Biden has always been focused on the sensitive issue of sexual assault against women. He created the 1994 Violence Against Women Act and continues to campaign against such crimes across the world. One of his significant initiatives to champion a White House campaign was to spread awareness about campus sexual assault. This year, he also raised the issue at the Academy Awards in February, notes Edition.
A former Stanford University swimmer, Brock Turner was given a six-month sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on Stanford college campus. The incident evoked outrage among people as they felt that the punishment was too lenient against the usual 14-year sentence. However, Turner recently defended himself by writing a long letter to the judge wherein he claimed his innocence.
After the verdict came out, the rape survivor garnered courage to speak her mind in court, describing the effect the assault has had on her life. She expressed how the incident created an emptiness in her life.
In response to her letter, Biden wrote, “I am in awe of your courage for speaking out- for so clearly naming the wrongs that were done to you and so passionately asserting your equal claim to human dignity.”
He further wrote that he was both angry and ashamed of the fact that “Our culture is still so broken that you were even put in the position of defending your own worth,” reported ESPN.go.com. Click on this to know some shocking details about the Turner case.