Vice President Joe Biden has written an open letter to the victim of a rape by a former Stanford University student. The case incited a wave of outrage across the nation when the perpetrator, Brock Turner, was given only 6 months in jail as opposed to the 14 years allowed by the law.
“I am filled with furious anger — both that this happened to you and that our culture is still so broken that you were ever put in the position of defending your own worth. You were failed by a culture on our college campuses where one in five women is sexually assaulted – year after year after year,”” he wrote in a letter published on Buzzfeed.
The victim, who has not been identified, wrote a letter that she read to the court after the sentence was handed down which later went viral on Buzzfeed. In it she speaks of how the assault has effected her and declares that Turner’s social and economic status was the reason for his lenient sentence. She also called out the judge for citing her being intoxicated at the time of the assault when sentencing Turner.
“It must have been wrenching — to relive what he did to you all over again,” Biden added. “But you did it anyway, in the hope that your strength might prevent this crime from happening to someone else. Your bravery is breathtaking. I do not know your name — but your words are forever seared on my soul. Words that should be required reading for men and women of all ages. Words that I wish with all of my heart you never had to write.”