A California judge incited public outrage when he sentenced Brock Turner to only six months in jail. The sentencing came more than a year after Brock sexually assaulted a young woman at a frat-party.
The young woman was not a student at the college, and has no recollection of the attack, but remembers waking up to discover that she had been sexually assaulted behind a dumpster. In a letter to the attacker, she said:
The next thing I remember I was in a gurney in a hallway. I had dried blood and bandages on the backs of my hands and elbow. I thought maybe I had fallen and was in an admin office on campus… A deputy explained I had been assaulted…
On that morning, all that I was told was that I had been found behind a dumpster, potentially penetrated by a stranger, and that I should get retested for HIV because results don’t always show up immediately.
In light of all the victim faced, the judge’s reason for the sentencing only served to make the public even angrier. He stated:
A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him. I think he will not be a danger to others.
Even more upsetting to the victim is Turner’s refusal to take responsibility for what happened – instead he blames alcohol consumption and takes responsibility only for his decision to drink.
As a result of the light sentencing, efforts to recall the judge are now in place.
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