While we generally try tokeep things light here, there are times when a voice needs to be heard, or when a story needs to be told because too many people aren’t willing to tell it.
That’s the case with a 23-year-old victim of sexual assault, not only because of the heinous crime that was committed against her, but because of the way that her attacker was treated in the time that hasfollowed.
Two Stanford University graduate students biking across campus in January 2015 spotted a freshman thrusting his body on top of an unconscious, half-naked woman behind a dumpster.
The attacker was Brock Allen Turner a former Stanford University swimmerwho once aspired to compete in the Olympics who had a blood-alcohol level that was twice the legal limit.
He testified in court that he could walk and talk at the time and acknowledged that the victim was very drunk.
The victim, who gave her emotional testimony during the trial, regained consciousness at a hospital more than three hours after the assault and told police she had no memory of the attack.
This March, a California jury found Turner guilty of three counts of sexual assault, which means hefaced a maximum of 14 years in state prison.
But last weekthe judge sentenced him to six months and probation, stating he didn’t want to be “unnecessarily harsh” to him and that hefeareda longer sentence would have a severe impact on Turner.
You know, even though he violently raped an unconscious woman behind a dumpster.
Needless to say, the Santa Clara district attorney, Jeff Rosen, wasn’t thrilled:
But it’s the powerful letter written by the victim that she read to him during the testimony this week and shared in full to BuzzFeed that is shedding light on the culture of college campuses and how victims are often blamed for the crimes committed against them.
She starts by describing the night in question, one she admits was lost to alcohol.
And talks about waking up in the hospital and the physical and emotional damage:
After detailing the tests and confusion she endured, she describes being thrust back out into the world, disconnected from both her body and her mind:
Read more: http://twentytwowords.com/this-rape-victim-delivered-an-incredibly-powerful-message-to-her-attacker-a-former-stanford-athlete/