In a story that rocked our nation and showed clearly the existence of American White Privilege in Rape Culture, Brock Allen Turner was caught red-handed as he raped an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on Stanford University grounds.
Turner was arrested and charged with rape of an intoxicated person, rape of an unconscious person, sexual penetration by a foreign object of an intoxicated woman, sexual penetration by a foreign object of an unconscious woman, and assault with intent to commit rape. He was released from jail on $150,000 bail.
He was charged with five felonies, yet only convicted of three; assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person, and penetration of an unconscious person.
His sentence? Six months in county jail, with the chance to be released early for good behavior in half the time. That time has passed and Brock Allen Turner will be released into society this Friday. After three months, this convicted rapist will be free to rape again.
“It is embarrassing how feeble I feel…”
Most notable of Turner’s trial was a letter written by his father asking for leniency and support for his son. Turner’s father wanted to make it known how his son’s life would be negatively impacted by a “harsh” prison sentence for the “20 minutes of action,” also known as rape that he had committed.
Not shared quite as often are the words of his victim from that night. The young lady who discovered she had been raped while scrolling through news stories days later said this in her statement at Turner’s trial:
“I can’t sleep alone at night without having a light on, like a five year old, because I have nightmares of being touched where I cannot wake up, I did this thing where I waited until the sun came up and I felt safe enough to sleep. For three months, I went to bed at six o’clock in the morning. I used to pride myself on my independence, now I am afraid to go on walks in the evening, to attend social events with drinking among friends where I should be comfortable being. I have become a little barnacle always needing to be at someone’s side, to have my boyfriend standing next to me, sleeping beside me, protecting me. It is embarrassing how feeble I feel, how timidly I move through life, always guarded, ready to defend myself, ready to be angry.”
As part of his release, Turner will undergo random testing as well as mandatory drug and alcohol counseling after he was found lying about his high school drug and alcohol use.
According to the prosecution memo, the police concluded from photos and text messages retrieved from investigators that Turner was “engaging in excessive drinking and using drugs,” including LSD, ecstasy and cannabis, when he was in high school. Once Turner was notified that his text messages had been publicized, he admitted to using LSD, smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol in high school.
While his victim still can’t find peace enough to sleep without fear of being raped again, she can rest easy knowing that Brock Allen Turner- the rapist will be facing random drug tests at the hands of his probation officer.