Father Of Stanford Rapist Attempts To Defend His Son’s Actions, But Only Makes Things Worse
What An Impossibly Offensive Defense
Former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 23-year-old victim who was intoxicated and unconscious at the time of the attack behind a dumpster after a frat party in January of 2015. Turner’s father attempted to defend his son, but his support has been viewed as questionable at best.
On Thursday, Turner was found guilty on felony charges of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person. For his crimes, the 20-year-old Turner, was sentenced to six months in county jail, register as a sex offender for life and complete three years of probation. Many believed the punishment did not fit the crime and was too lenient. However, Turner’s father argues that the punishment was too severe.
Turner’s father, Dan, apparently released a counter-statement to his son’s sentence claiming that he does not believe his son should have to serve jail time at all. The elder Turner’s poorly worded defense does not bring much empathy for Brock Turner. The alleged letter by Turner was posted on Twitter by Michele Dauber, the Stanford law professor who helped draft new university procedures for penalizing sexual violence.
— Michele Dauber (@mldauber) June 5, 2016
“His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve,” Turner’s father wrote, making reference to his son’s possibly future as an Olympic swimmer. “That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.”
The father believes that his son did not hurt the victim at all, but simply ended up in this situation due to intoxication and sexual promiscuity.
“He has no prior criminal history and has never been violent to anyone including his actions on the night of Jan 17th 2015,” Turner wrote. “Brock can do so many positive things as a contributor to society and is totally committed to educating other college students about the dangers of alcohol consumption and sexual promiscuity.”
Dan blames the case has damaged Brock’s “happy go lucky” attitude and caused him to lose his appetite.
“Now he barely consumes any food and eats only to exist,” Dan Turner wrote. “These verdicts have broken and shattered him and our family in so many ways.”
If everything is as it seems, Brock’s lack of hunger pales in comparison to what the victim has gone through. Here is her letter of what she has had to deal with since the ordeal.
You can read Dan Turner’s entire letter here.
Remember this is the same rape case where two witnesses discovered Brock Turner on top of the unconscious victim. One of the two male graduate students yelled, “What are you doing?” at Turner, who then fled the scene. One of the men chased Turner, pinned him to the ground until police arrived to arrest him.
The FBI defines rape as the “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
California Penal Code Section 261 considers any sexual activity to be rape if the victim is incapable to resist because they are intoxicated or unconscious.
In addition to the upsetting and clueless letter issued to Judge Aaron Perskyby convicted rapist Brock Turner’s father, who requested probation in punishment for the rape of an unconscious woman, Turner’s childhood friend Leslie Rasmussen provided the judge with an equally infuriating letter of support.
In a letter obtained by The Cut, pleads on behalf of her friend, describing Turner as “always the sweetest to everyone.”
Well, not everyone. The former Stanford swimmer definitely wasn’t “the sweetest” to the woman he sexually assaulted behind a Dumpster while she was passed out. Rasmussen even included what looks like an Instagram photo of Turner smiling, as if to prove that someone so angelic-looking couldn’t be capable of rape, as if rapists aren’t able to smile.
Rasmussen is also quick to explain away Turner’s assault of an unconscious woman as “a huge misunderstanding”:
I don’t think it’s fair to base the fate of the next ten + years of his life on the decision of a girl who doesn’t remember anything but the amount she drank to press charges against him. I am not blaming her directly for this, because that isn’t right. But where do we draw the line and stop worrying about being politically correct every second of the day and see that rape on campuses isn’t always because people are rapists.
Hey, at least Rasmussen sees that it “isn’t right” to “directly” blame a sexual assault victim for her own rape. Baby steps, right?
She goes on to provide an outdated definition of what constitutes rape, arguing that college-aged men taking advantage of women who are too inebriated to give consent isn’t a crime:
This is completely different from a woman getting kidnapped and raped as she is walking to her car in a parking lot. That is a rapist. These are not rapists. These are idiot boys and girls having too much to drink and not being aware of their surroundings and having clouded judgement.
Perhaps Rasmussen would gain some new perspective on what exactly constitutes rape from reading the victim’s gut-wrenching letter to her attacker.
Keep in mind that it is statements like this one that Judge Persky took into account before handing down a six-month sentence.