Stanford Rapist Scheduled to be Released Friday, Three Months Early—on ‘Good Behavior’
by Leslie Salzillo –
Brock Turner, the infamous Stanford rapist who is convicted this year of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster is scheduled to be released from a county jail on Friday, September 2. The former Stanford University student and Olympic hopeful is reportedly getting out three months early—on “good behavior.”
This will not sit well with many around the world who were already outraged that Turner, 19, only received a six months sentence in the country jail, when the crime of rape calls for over ten years prison time. The case received worldwide attention after Turner’s rape victim published the letter to her rapist, which she read to him in court. That letter went viral and millions, all the way up to Vice President Biden, reacted to her powerful words. The woman is known only as “Emily Doe.”
Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky, who presided over the case and who gave the lenient sentence has received almost as much ridicule as the rapist himself. A petition of over a million signatures has been signed asking for his resignation.
The news of Turner’s impending release came out Monday afternoon and is already beginning to ignite social media.
This sends a out horribly demeaning message to victims who are often “raped” again and again by the courts and society. It also sends out the wrong message to male college students who think it’s okay to get young women drunk or drug them—and rape them. One in three female students are raped during college. One in three.
If you or someone you know is, or has ever been, a victim of rape/sexual assault, it’s never too late to seek help. You can find free support via the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.HOPE (4673) and/or by visiting the Rape, Abuse Incest National Network/RAINN.org website online. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. You do not have to live with horror, guilt, and/or shame. If you can hold on to one thing, remember this —It. Was. Not. Your. Fault.
Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos