On January 17th, 2015 a young woman’s life was forever altered. As many now know Brock Turner, a now convicted rapist, raped this young woman behind a dumpster. Only stopping when two men, two heroes, chased and tackled him. Now many may think he would’ve received a longer sentence right? I mean he was caught in the act, she was unconscious, and he was not. Judge Aaron Persky believed that sending Turner to prison would have a “severe impact” on him. Ultimately, he was only sentenced to a mere six months. To add further insult to injury, Turners father claimed that this already light sentence would be “A steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action.” 20 minutes of action. Let that sink in. Now read this:
“I was found unconscious, with my hair disheveled, long necklace wrapped around my neck, bra pulled out of my dress, dress pulled off over my shoulders and pulled up above my waist, that I was butt naked all the way down to my boots, legs spread apart, and had been penetrated by a foreign object by someone I did not recognize.”
This is what happened to the victim in her own words. This wasn’t 20 minutes of action, this was 20 minutes of brutality and sheer evil at the hands of this man (and I use that term lightly) Brock Turner. Where is the justice? The only person that has a steep price to pay is the victim. She will have to live with this for the rest of her life. While this story has been widely circulated there are still people who feel the need to make excuses for this criminal. “Well, she should have known her limit” “This is what happens when girls get drunk” “It’s her fault for walking away from her sister” I have seen these and countless more victim blaming statements in many comment sections.
Let me be clear, it is never the victims fault. Never. It doesn’t matter if she was drinking, it doesn’t matter if she was alone, and it doesn’t matter if she was passed out. It is never okay. It is never the victims fault whether that victim be a man or a woman. Rape is rape. This survivor who penned this statement to her attacker has brought to light an issue that the United States has been plagued with for years. This woman represents every single woman, every single man, and every single child that has been raped.
It is time that we teach our sons not to rape, rather than teaching our daughters how not to get raped. Understand the impact rape has on the victim and understand that rape culture is real. If you are a survivor of a sexual assault know the millions of people who are standing by this woman, are standing by you. You are not alone. If you have not already, I urge you to read her statement and sign the petition.