This is unbelievable! His father is upset over his sentence, saying it is too much and has shattered Brock. The victim? Never mentioned, but I can tell you that her emotional scars and battle will last a lifetime. It has totally shattered her. Dan Brock also said it was too harsh “for 20 minutes of action”. I CANNOT believe that someone could abase a victim and the crime in such a way as he did right there. He also is upset that poor Brock has to register as the sex offender that he is for life.
Okay, I realize that Brock is his son, but has Dan Turner ever thought about the victim of a sexual assault? What if the victim was his wife, daughter, sister or mother? Would he have such a flippant attitude about sex crimes? If he thinks that a crime should be valued at the amount of time it takes, boy does he have some low morals. Murder can take 1 minute if someone is shot in the head or heart. By Dan Turner’s standards, why should he go to prison for life for 1 minute of action? I certainly hope he rethinks his position on these things.
What Dan Turner obviously does not realize is that his son Brock GOT OFF EASY, with just a slap on the wrist. He faced 10 years in prison, which is exactly what he should have been sentenced to. Brock Turner SHOULD be sitting in that state prison right now, learning exactly how it feels to be the victim of sexual assault. I personally believe that there is a good chance he will reoffend.
Brock Turner should have plenty of time to assess himself and his life and the damage he has caused. Mind you, he has never admitted to his crime or even expressed any kind of remorse. This does not help the victim, either. He was convicted of these crimes. He was caught in the act. There is no doubt of his guilt. There is only doubt as to his moral character (I don’t believe he has one). It also saddens me to see so much sympathy for Brock Turner and his future, which seemed so full of promise. But the victim of his assault had a life to live as well. Now, hers is turned upside down. Maybe she will recover, maybe not. More often than not, they keep at least part of it with them for the rest of their lives. According to the National Women’s Study, this is what has been found with the victims:
3 times more likely to suffer from a major depressive disorder.
4 times more likely than a “non-victim” to contemplate suicide and 13 times more likely to attempt suicide.
6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
13 times more likely to abuse alcohol and 26 times more likely to abuse drugs to numb the emotional pain.
The Turners need to remember that for the victim of Brock’s “20 minutes of action”, the victim will have a lifetime of consequences. The offender should also have consequences, and not easy ones. Prison should be mandatory, along with lifelong sex offender registry. Please remember: no means no, no matter when it is said (does not matter if you were kissing for 10 minutes and then the person says no-STOP) and an unconscious or impaired person cannot give consent.
In conclusion, Dan Turner should be grateful that his son got such a light sentence that slaps the face of the victim. I think both Dan and Brock Turner might learn more if they volunteered some time at their local rape recovery center or rape crisis center. Maybe if they learn some compassion and empathy for victims, they may have a new outlook on this heinous, violent crime.
The victim’s impact statement: Stanford sex-assault victim: ‘You took away my worth’
At the bottom of the post is a letter to Brock by a sexual assault survivor. Read it. It is fabulous.
Former Stanford swimmer accused of raping unconscious woman on campus
Trial begins in Stanford sex-assault case
Woman testifies in Brock Turner trial
Brock Turner found guilty on three felony counts
The Stanford Rapist’s Father Offers An Impossibly Offensive Defense Of His Son
News Release from District Attorney’s Office
Sentence for ex-Stanford swimmer convicted of sex assault decried as lenient
Brock Turner sentenced to six months in county jail, three years probation
Brock Turner’s Friend Blames His Felony Conviction on Political Correctness
Ex-Stanford student convicted of rape reportedly lied to judge about alcohol use
Sympathy and blame: Responding to rape (a great opinion piece about sympathy going to the aggressors of sex crimes)
Brock Turner, sex assault convict, registers as sex offender in Ohio