Stanford Rape Case: Brock Turner

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Gary Reyes | Associated Press
In this March 30, 2015 photo, Brock Turner appears in the Palo Alto, Calif., branch of Santa Clara County Superior Court court for a status hearing.

Many people will never forget the name Brock Turner. To some people, Turner is known as a Stanford University athlete, but to other people, Turner is known as a rapist who preyed on an unconscious woman behind a dumpster and got a slap on the wrist as punishment.

Turner’s maximum sentence was 14 years in prison, but he got six months in jail. With good behavior, Turner can get out in three months. Keep in mind Turner was convicted of raping an unconscious woman. Turner was also banned for life from USA Swimming, including no Olympic trials, and was expelled from Stanford.

Stanford has recently banned hard liquor at undergraduate, on-campus events. Students can have wine and beer but “will no longer be permitted to have hard alcohol that has more than 20 percent alcohol by volume or 40 proof.” CNN states that the new policy also limits the size of the bottles of hard liquor they’re allowed to keep in their dorms or common areas to under 750 milliliters.

Both the victim and Turner were drinking the night of the assault. A few months after Turner was convicted, Stanford implemented this new ban and people believe this was just an easy way out, a quick problem solver without actually solving the problem. Which is crap.

This whole case has caused a lot of backlash. It all started when the victim wrote a powerful letter, which can be found online, about how that night had forever changed her life and everyone close to her. Then, Turner’s father wrote a letter saying that the verdict “is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action.” That “20 minutes of actions” RUINED a young woman’s life. That “20 minutes of action” was rape.

The letter goes on to say that Turner “will never be his happy-go-lucky self” and he does not enjoy his favorite foods anymore, that “he barely consumes any food and only eats to exist.” Poor guy. People can only imagine what that girl is going through. Being taken advantage of and then her attacker getting minimal sentencing. But poor Brock Turner, not enjoying his favorite foods anymore.

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