A former Stanford University swimmer has been given a six-month jail term after being convicted for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus after both attending a fraternity party.Brock Turner, 20, was only given six months in county jail and three years of probation after the woman who was assaulted read an emotional statement that went viral. However, Turner also has to complete a sex offender management program and register as a convicted sex offender for the remained of his life. Even the San Jose Mercury News called the jail sentence “a slap on the wrist” in an editorial.
In the woman’s statement the woman talked about the aftermath of the rape.
“My independence, natural joy, gentleness, and steady lifestyle I had been enjoying became distorted beyond recognition. I became closed off, angry, self-deprecating, tired, irritable, empty,” she said.
The woman was not a student, and she told investigators that she drank four shot glasses of whisky before going to the frat party, and then drank vodka there. Afterwards, she remembers waking up at a hospital in San Jose, where a deputy told her that she might have been a victim of sexual assault.
“I stood there examining my body beneath the stream of water and decided, I don’t want my body anymore. I was terrified of it. I wanted to take off my body like a jacket and leave it at the hospital with everything else.”
Even the District Attorney Jeff Rosen expressed his disappointment with the judge’s decision. “The punishment does not fit the crime. The sentence does not factor in the true seriousness of this sexual assault, or the victim’s ongoing trauma. Campus rape is no different than off-campus rape. Rape is rape.”
The judge who sentenced the rapist, Santa Clara Country Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky is now up for recall, after not offering an explanation why he gave Turner such a light sentence, especially after learning from NBC News that Judge Persky used to be a prosecutor in Santa Clara Country who specialized in violent sexual assault.
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