The ongoing criticisms about the sentencing of Brock Turner continues, and a powerful statement by the unconscious woman who was raped was made available online.
The victim’s name, now 23, has remained anonymous but she released and made available her letter to be read in court.
She said that she was disappointed with the “gentle” sentence and angry that Turner still denied sexually assaulting her.
“Even if the sentence is light, hopefully this will wake people up,” she said. “I want the judge to know that he ignited a tiny fire. If anything, this is a reason for all of us to speak even louder.”
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In her letter, the victim addressed Brock’s inability to take responsibility and admit any wrongdoing. It said:
“You should have never done this to me. Secondly, you should have never made me fight so long to tell you that you should have never done this to me. But here we are. The damage is done, no one can undo it…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. You accept the punishment, and we move on.
“Your life is not over. You have decades of years ahead to rewrite your story. You have been convicted of violating me, intentionally, forcibly, sexually, with malicious intent, and all you can admit to is consuming alcohol. Figure out how to take responsibility for your own conduct.”
Read her full statement provided to Buzzfeed News.
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Brock Turner, 20, was charged and found guilty by a jury on Thursday for sexually assaulting an unconscious, intoxicated woman on Stanford’s campus on January 18, 2015.
Turner is a champion swimmer who once aspired to qualify for the Olympics.
What drew criticisms was the sentence handed out by the judge. He was given six months in a county jail with probation despite his conviction on multiple felony counts and prosecutors asking for a six-year custodial sentence, Boing Boing reports.
With good behavior, he could be out in weeks.