Many mainstream news publications have been romanticizing rapist Brock Turner, but the former Stanford University swimmer and student, whose prep school looks have been highlighted, and his smiling portrait plastered all over news sites, needs to be remembered instead for what he did to an innocent young woman one January 2015 evening.
The featured photo in this article is his mugshot, that the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office finally released in early June 2016, which shows a different image than what the world has seen, which has been of the preppy-looking young man with trim hair, and outfitted in a suit and tie.
Instead here, we see a disheveled kid, who resembles people who the author has seen over her career in mugshots that law enforcement has previously sent to this publication. Brock Turner is no different than those youngsters in those mugshots, except he was not picked up for shoplifting or drug paraphernalia (though as an aside, Brock Turner regularly indulged in marijuana and additionally smoked hash oil, plus told friends he planned to up his drug use to cocaine and MDMA).
His actions, unlike the previous people the author has mentioned, have forever changed the life of a young female through his brutal sexual assault of her while she was unconscious. This woman has become known, among names, as “Emily Doe.”
She reflected candidly what his violation did to her life path through her compelling victim impact statement with confessions like “everything inside me was silenced” and “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.”
The hospital for this young woman whose innocence Brock Turner stole was surreal, as she awoke being poked and prodded by hospital staff and pine needles were extricated from her hair into a bag. She had no idea why she was even there. After she was dressed in clothing the hospital provided for her, she was on her own, afraid to confess to her parents and boyfriend what she was told had happened to her. It was only as she was reading news on the Internet one day at work, did she learn of her harrowing ordeal, and the gory details of how she had been found by two true heroes, naked and unconscious, as Brock Turner was violating her insides while hiding behind a dumpster.
The greatest smite to this young woman, however, was Brock Turner’s words that she enjoyed his violation of her body, with this twisted and narcissistic young man turning the tables on the victim, and playing victim himself.
But it was Brock Allen Turner who was instead seeking a victim. The victim’s sister had already rejected him when he tried to kiss her at the party that fate connected them at. And Brock Allen Turner confessed that he was seeking to “hook up” with someone the night that he sexually assaulted the victim.
The victim now regrets having been at that party, and realized that if she had not been there, he would have cherry picked another female from the crowd to harm that evening.
“I was the wounded antelope of the herd,” she wrote, “completely alone and vulnerable, physically unable to fend for myself, and he chose me.”
While the defense has tried to demonize this young lady, and paint her as a perpetrator in a crime in which she was a victim, it was and his Brock Allen Turner who is the demon.
Brock Allen Turner did not even know this young lady’s name, and admitted that in a lineup he could not even recognize her face among a sea of other women if they were standing side by side.
Instead, while Brock Turner wanted to know nothing about this young lady except for her private parts without her consent, she was put on trial and grilled as if she committed a crime.
And while the initial story was that Brock Turner ran after the victim and attacked her, as time and his defense team wore into him, the facts changed as he was tried, showing a scene of mutual consent, although the facts show that Brock Turner sexually assaulted a young and unconscious female in one of the most unbecoming of locations, right next to a receptacle where trash is discarded. There couldn’t be any more of a dichotomy than between his lies and the true facts of the case.
The true heroes of this story are the two Swedish exchange students who happened to be riding by on their bicycles, and pursued Brock Turner after he fled when they appeared. If he did nothing wrong, why did he run away? Who knows what Brock Turner would have done to this victim had he not been interrupted.
The defense, instead, tried to paint this young woman as a whore. The victim replied to that, “To listen to your attorney attempt to paint a picture of me, the face of girls gone wild, as if somehow that would make it so that I had this coming for me. To listen to him say I sounded drunk on the phone because I’m silly and that’s my goofy way of speaking. To point out that in the voicemail, I said I would reward my boyfriend and we all know what I was thinking. I assure you my rewards program is non transferable, especially to any nameless man that approaches me.”
Brock Allen Turner’s legal team is as guilty as he is, for victimizing this young lady in court. Instead, Brock Allen Turner turned on his own legal team and his attorney’s “way of approaching the case.”
“Your attorney is not your scapegoat,” the victim chided Brock Turner, “he represents you. Did your attorney say some incredulously infuriating, degrading things? Absolutely. He said you had an erection, because it was cold.”
But now Brock Turner wants to tell his story to other students, and “speak out” against the drinking culture that he believes exists for young people and “the sexual promiscuity that goes along with that.”
Any institute of learning that invites Brock Turner to have a podium is standing there with him behind that dumpster on that harrowing night and penetrating an unconscious young girl over and over again with him.
Bratty Brock Turner wants to show that “one life of drinking can ruin a life.”
“A life, one life, yours, you forgot about mine,” the victim poignantly wrote in reply. “Let me rephrase for you, I want to show people that one night of drinking can ruin two lives. You and me. You are the cause, I am the effect.”
Instead, Brock Turner has created a faceless victim, who has become recognized from her derogatory name.
“In newspapers, my name was ‘unconscious intoxicated woman,’ ten syllables, and nothing more than that. For a while, I believed that that was all I was. I had to force myself to relearn my real name, my identity. To relearn that is not all that I am. That I am not just a drunk victim at a frat party found behind a dumpster, while you are the All American swimmer at a top university, innocent until proven guilty, with so much at stake. I am a human being who has been irreversibly hurt, my life was put on hold for over a year, waiting to figure out if I was worth something.”
The victim lost her way of life, with her work and personal life completely readjusted. No longer is she able to sleep at night without a light on in her bedroom, take a walk alone at night, or enjoy a night out with friends. She cries herself to sleep at night, and now works part-time because of the direct impact of the crime on her entire being.
This crime has had an impact on her entire family, including her younger sister, who carries guilt in her heart for having left the victim alone that night, also has difficulty sleeping and keeping up with her schoolwork.
Brock Turner’s probation officer is another one who should be removed from their post, for having suggested less than a year in a county jail, since as the victim put it, “the defendant is youthful and has no prior convictions.”
Instead, the probation officer countered that Brock Allen Turner gave up a swimming scholarship and will forever be on a registry for his sex crime.
As the victim noted about herself that the impact of his attack on her “stays with me, it’s part of my identity, it has forever changed the way I carry myself, the way I live the rest of my life.”
But the victim remembers the two heroes of the day, who at the time of her statement, she had not met yet. “I sleep with two bicycles that I drew taped over my bed to remind myself there are heroes in this story. That we are looking out for one another.”
Hospital workers and interns, deputies, detectives, her therapist, her family members, and her boyfriend, her employer, and strangers rooting for her, she has been grateful.
While Brock Turner should go down in history for the slap on the wrist he received for such a deliberate crime, which may result in a three-month sentence for “good behavior,” his own parent should go down in disgrace. It’s Brock Turner’s father who also has painted his son as the victim, chiding prosecutors for the more rigorous sentence noting, the “steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.”
Those “20 minutes of action” that his father referred to actually included one count of assault with intent to rape an intoxicated woman, a second count of sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object, and a third count of sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object.”
Judge Aaron Persky has also come under fire for his ruling and may be subject to recall, though prosecutors including the district attorney of Santa Clara County, does not believe the judge has been removed.
But Judge Persky already has a reputation for suppressing victim evidence, including another sexual assault case at De Anza College. This additionally involved male athletes assaulting a young woman, who later three females from De Anza’s women’s soccer team rescued.
Judge Persky is a Stanford alumnus who had played lacrosse at the school and once was the team’s captain.
Brock Turner has had previous encounters with the law, unlike the picture painted of an innocent young, clean-cut student. He maintained a fake Ohio driver’s license, and was found in possession of alcohol as an underage person.
Chillingly, a week prior to Brock Turner’s violation of Emily Doe, he approached another young woman at a frat party, who reported him to the Stanford University Department of Public Safety in July, after learning of Emily Doe’s case. Click here to read the police report. She described Brock Turner as “grabby,” touching the victim from behind her on the dance floor while facing her backside.
Click here for Emily Doe’s full victim impact statement.
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