Being a Stanford Athlete Is No Excuse for Rape
When a grown child commits a crime, families have choices. Ignoring, minimizing, and reducing the heinous nature of your child’s actions shouldn’t be one of them.
By Holly Scheer, The Federalist
The Brock Turner sexual assault case and recent conviction has reignited the discussion about campus drinking, consent, and what makes a punishment fair. His father’s response in this case is outrageous, and provides an insight into the family life that bred a man capable of sexually assaulting a passed out, vulnerable girl instead of protecting her or calling for help.
In case you’re not familiar with the details of what happened, here’s a quick rundown. On the night of January 17, 2015, there was a party at Stanford University. Two grad students from Sweden discovered Brock Turner on top of an unconscious, partially undressed woman, behind a dumpster. Turner attempted to flee and was restrained by Peter Jonsson and Carl Arndt. He was arrested soon after the encounter. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she later woke up hours later with no memory of the assault, a blood alcohol “three times the legal limit,” and internal abrasions, a head injury, and lacerations from where her nude body was rubbed on the ground.
The case has already been to court, and “The Ohio native was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object.”
Turning a Rapist Into a Victim
It’s become normal after a rape or sexual assault to focus with laserlike intensity on the victim. Lawyers demanded to know what she was wearing, what did she say, is she absolutely certain she didn’t hint that she wanted it? “Emily Doe” is how the young victim in this case is being identified to protect her identity, and she was asked all of these questions. She’s written a heartbreaking letter about this and the aftermath of the attack—an attack she can’t even remember because it happened while she was so incapacitated that she has no memory of the events, only the horror of waking up injured in the hospital.
But I’m not going to focus on Emily. Her letter is not the only one that has been released in this case. Brock’s father, Dan, released a letter that is equally heartbreaking, but for truly divergent reasons.