Father Of Stanford Swimmer Convicted Of Sex Assault: He’s Paying Steep Price ‘For 20 Minutes Of Action’
In the category of 'You're Only Making It Worse,' we give you Dan Turner, father of Brock Turner, the latter who was convicted last week of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on the Stanford University campus. Brock Turner, 20, as an All-American swimmer from Dayton, Ohio, who had been a freshman on the Stanford swim team.
His father wrote an open letter Monday saying that his son "is paying a steep price for 20 minutes of action." Furthermore, writes Dan Turner, his son can no longer enjoy eating his favorite foods, like rib-eye steaks, because of the trauma of the trial. "Now he barely eats any food and eats only to exist."
In a controversial ruling last week, a Palo Alto judge gave Turner only six months in jail for the crime, noting that it was a first offense and that sending Turner to prison would have "a severe impact on his life." Prosecutors had argued for a six-year prison term. The maximum sentence for his crime was 14 years.
But Dan Turner states in his letter that even that sentence "isn't an appropriate punishment."
"His life will never be the one he dream about and worked so hard to achieve. That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 years of life," Dan Turner wrote.
The victim, 23, had wriiten a statement to the court the day of the conviction. It's pretty powerful stuff, and you can read the entire thing here. Excerpt:
"You took away my worth, my energy, my safety, my confidence, my voice, until today."
According to court testimony Brock Turner was seen assaulting the victim behind a dumpster by two cyclists, and when confronted tried to run. But the witnesses ran him down and tackled him, holding him until police arrived. Turner's lawyers tried to argue that the encounter was consensual, but the woman was intoxicated and unconscious at the time, and said that she did not know her attacker, or realize that she had been attacked until waking up at the hospital. Daily Mail:
The sentence will do nothing to quell the feeling among many that Stanford is among a number of universities criticized for having relaxed policies on sexual assault. A law professor at the university, Michele Landis Dauber, has urged the school to make serious changes in their policies towards sexual assault.
Only four of the 175 reported sexual assaults at Stanford between 1997 and 2009 were properly investigated.
RAPE CULTURE: Brock Turner's dad is sad he only got "20 minutes of action" & doesn't even like eating steaks anymore pic.twitter.com/eQswM8Lb11
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) June 5, 2016
Santa Clara County voters: Judge Aaron Persky, who didn't want to damage Brock Turner's future, is up for election. You know what to do.
— Caille Millner (@caillemillner) June 4, 2016
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