Stanford rapist Brock Turner will serve less than six months.
20 year old swimmer Brock Turner was found guilty of three counts, including sexually penetrating an intoxicated and unconscious person, digital rape, and assault with the intent of rape. Even though he faced the maximum sentence of 14 years in prison, the judge sentenced him to six months in prison, and 3 years of probation, saying that a “prison sentence would have a severe effect on him”.
People have been outraged over the leniency of the sentence, and have been furious over the fact that the sentence was justified by his age and a lack of past criminal history. Brock’s supporters have been constantly citing his swimming capabilities and the fact that his judgement was impaired while he was inebriated, just like his victim. Brock’s father wrote in a letter that he didn’t want “20 minutes of action” to severely effect the rest of his son’s life, when the judge sentenced Brock to six months of jail time. Leslie Rasmussen, a childhood friend of Brock’s, and the drummer of the band Good English, defended him in a letter of her own:
“Brock is not a monster. He is the furthest thing from anything like that, and I have known him much longer than the people involved in this case. I don’t think it’s fair to base the fate of the next ten plus years of his life on the decision of a girl who doesn’t remember anything but the amount she drank to press charges on him…where do we draw the line and stop worry about being politically correct every second of the day and see that rape on campuses isn’t always people are rapists. It is because universities market themselves as the biggest party schools in the country… I think it is disgusting and I am so sick of hearing that these young men are monsters when really, you are throwing barely 20-somethings into these camp-like university environments, supporting partying, and then your mind is blown when things get out of hand. 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…”
To conclude her statement about how Brock couldn’t be a rapist because he didn’t kidnap his victim and because he was drunk, she says “He is respectful and caring, talented, and smart enough to know better.”
Rasmussen posted on her Facebook page on Wednesday. “I was not there that night. I had no right to make any assumptions about the situation. Most importantly, I did not acknowledge strongly enough the severity of Brock’s crime and the suffering and pain that his victim endured, and for that lack of acknowledgement, I am deeply sorry.”
Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen confirmed that Turner still has not admitted to raping his victim, who has chosen to remain anonymous. “To this day, the defendant denies what he did.”
However, the Santa Clara County Jail, where Turner is to be held, are allows inmates to serve 50% of their sentences if they keep a clean disciplinary record. This means, that Brock will only serve three months in prison. He will be under protective custody to keep him safe from his other inmates, who are known to frequently target inmates convicted of sex crimes.