The outrage of the Stanford University rape case rippled through our televisions – Brock Turner has been released from jail after serving only three months of a six month sentence.
Stanford University issued a statement on their website. Sexual assault: How Stanford doesn’t talk about it.
Turner left jail in a white SUV which as waiting on him outside the building. He walked out without saying a word and no comments to reporters. Reportedly, protestors surrounded his home; some were armed.
Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office stated, “If we had our way, Brock Turner would be in a state prison serving a six-year sentence and not going home.” They also stated, “With the Governor’s signature, the next Brock Turner will go to prison.”
Stanford University released an official statement and maintains they did everything to assure justice was served. The University also shared their pride towards students for stopping the incident.
An excerpt of the official statement reads:
“This was a horrible incident and we understand the anger and deep emotion it has generated. There is still much work to be done, not just here, but everywhere, to create a culture that does not tolerate sexual violence in any form and a judicial system that deals appropriately with sexual assault cases.”
Well, here’s how not to talk about sexual assault – Brock Turner should have been facing up to 14 years. However, Judge Persky opted for a lighter sentence of six months and a three year probation.
Let’s be reminded that he was convicted of three
felony counts. First, assault with the intent to commit rape of an unconscious person. Second, sexual penetration of an unconscious person. Third, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person.
Stanford University’s statement did more to try to clear what they feel has been misinformation than to focus on assuring the students, staff and general public.
We want to know how they are going to create a culture that does not tolerate sexual violence. Because nearly 100 colleges and universities had at least 10 reports of rape on their main campuses in 2014. Those are the ones reported.
Stanford University needs to stop treating this as a PR issue and treat it as the civil rights and public safety issue that it is. Especially when they are on the list of 10 schools with the highest total of rape reports.
California lawmakers responded to the outrage over the six month jail term by passing legislation that closes a loophole. The bill would eliminate a judge’s discretion to sentence defendants convicted of such crimes to probation. Under its provisions, Turner would have faced a minimum of three years behind bars.
In order to change a culture that does not tolerate sexual violence, WE ALL have to be part of that change. It’s time out for saying what’s right and start taking the right actions. What do you think?
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