By Marisa Tilson
On Jan. 17, 2015 a stanford student named Brock Turner raped a young woman dubbed Emily Doe at a frat party. Turner pleaded innocent and insisted the woman consented to the encounter and was later found guilty. He is only facing six months jail time. The court ruled that six years of prison would be too long of a sentence for someone facing three sexual assault felony charges.
Sounds ridiculous right? Well, when the news first began to publicly write about Turner they mentioned that he was a Stanford swimmer who simply made a mistake.They used his school photo rather than his mugshot, mentioned that he was a three-time all-American high school swimmer and 2014 graduate and that they saw Olympic rings in his future. None of this information should have been used. Key facts about the case like who committed the crime and when it happened should have been the only things published.
They victimized the rapist. They tried to tell people that the rape he committed was not his fault. His father Dan Turner spoke out about the case and mentioned “His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve. That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.” What about Emily Doe? Those twenty minutes are going to have an effect of her entire life. Emily wrote a letter to her rapist stating “You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice.”
He shows no remorse for the crime he committed. It’s troubling that his only regret is that he will never make it into the Olympics. The jury and judged seemed to have been more worried about a convicted felon over an assault victim.
It doesn’t matter where he comes from and what he planned to do with his life. It’s time we stand with the victims of rape and realize that the person who committed the crime against them is in fact rapist.