If you recall, back in July I did an article on Brock Turner. Turner was caught in the act of raping an unconscious woman. He was charged with five felonies, but was only found guilty of three. The 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 Santa Clara County jail. With good behavior, he could be released in three. And of course, he was on his best behavior. And as of today, Turner will be released. He will be free to return home and continue on with his life.
Turner has been described as showing no remorse for the crimes he has committed. Which I believe is in his bloodline, considering his father and mother showed no remorse either. If you remember, Turner’s father was quoted as saying, this is “a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.” Unbelievable! With this one quote, we understand why Turner believes that he is not at fault.
During his trial, Turner tried to blame his actions on the party culture at college. He said, “I’ve been shattered by the party culture and risk taking behavior that I briefly experienced in my four months at school. I’ve lost my chance to swim in the Olympics. I’ve lost my ability to obtain a Stanford degree. I’ve lost employment opportunity, my reputation and most of all, my life.” I’m sorry, did you read an apology in there anywhere? I sure didn’t. Did he seem remorseful to you? I didn’t see that either. This rapist will be free to go home by no later than noon today. Just in time for Labor Day and family barbecues.
Turner has been blaming everyone else for his actions. Not once has he mentioned the young woman that he has changed for life. He’s only been worried about himself. One thing he said, that suck out to me was, “one needs to recognize the influence that peer pressure and the attitude of having to fit in can have on someone.” So, he felt raping a woman was a great way to fit in with the crowd? Are you serious? I’m sorry, Mr. Turner, you do not get off this easily. You will not get to brush this off your shoulder and then under a rug. We will remember your name and your deeds. We will remember the heartless way you blamed everyone but yourself. I only hope that this will stick with you as it will stick with your victim.
If you follow CNN on Facebook, they did a live coverage of protesters standing outside the prison. I highly suggest that you watch and listen to the interviews of the protesters, some of them survivors themselves. This is like a slap in the face to all of them…to all of us!