Stanford swimmer Brock Turner causes controversy



The conviction and early release of this Stanford swimmer have caused controversy.

Morgan Browning, Staff Reporter

A Stanford University swimmer was charged with three counts of sexual assault this past year. His victim, who has not been named, was an unconscious, 23-year-old woman. Brock Turner, a champion swimmer who aspired to compete in the Olympics, decided to go to a frat party one night. At this party, a 23-year-old girl drank too much and passed out. Two Swede bicyclists rode by to find Brock assaulting her limp body behind a dumpster. One cyclist approached Turner, and he tried to run, causing the two men to jump on him. The victim was found unresponsive and stripped of her clothing in the abandoned alley. She was rushed to the emergency room, where she awoke to find her clothes gone and no memory of what had transpired the night of her assault. She didn’t know what had happened nor did she find out much information about that night until she read a news article about the “innocent, champion swimmer.” This article went viral because Brock Turner was treated differently in court than other sex offenders.
When his victim found out what had happened to her, she shut down and stopped eating, sleeping and interacting with other people. Her parents didn’t even know about the incident.
In court, Turner plead not guilty to sexually assaulting the young woman. The woman gave BuzzFeed her statement saying, “I read that according to him, I liked it. I liked it. Again, I do not have words for these feelings.”
Turner hired a powerful attorney, expert witnesses and private investigators to help him win the case. His attorney told the judge that since the victim could not remember anything, Brock Turner’s statement was the most reliable source they had.
The 23-year-old was questioned by the attorney, and she said that it was like a game of strategy and that she was being tricked of her own worth. She was even asked if she had a history of cheating on her boyfriend.
Turner told police that the girl was not unconscious and that, if at any time, he had noticed she was unresponsive, he would’ve stopped. He made sure to blame it all on the alcohol by saying, “Being drunk, I just couldn’t make the best decisions and neither could she.”
His victim’s response to this left the courtroom silent: “Alcohol is not an excuse. Is it a factor? Yes. But alcohol was not the one who stripped me down and assaulted me.”
She also added, “Regretting drinking is not the same as regretting sexual assault.”
Turner tried to sound pitiful by saying, “I just want people to know that one night of drinking can ruin a life.”
“A life, one life, yours, you forgot about mine. 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,” his victim angrily responded in her statement.
Brock Turner kept claiming that his victim had wanted it and gave her consent, causing the 23-year-old to feel as though she was going through it again and again. She even directed most of her statement towards her rapist saying, “To sit under oath and inform all of us, that yes I wanted it, yes I permitted it, and that you are the true victim attacked by Swedes for reasons unknown to you is appalling, is demented, is selfish, is damaging….”
To top off all of his lies, the Turner family says everyone should be more worried about the female victim than their son.  Maybe they say this because their precious son is an extraordinary athlete, and as mentioned by the attorney multiple times in court, on his way to the Olympics.
Brock Turner’s charges should result in 14 years in prison, but they changed it to only six months. After good behavior, he got out with only three months in  jail. The judge said a longer sentence would have too much of an impact on the student athlete. Stanford’s swim team cannot go downhill, so we’ll just let their star swimmer get away with rape.
Brock Turner’s parents would also like to raise awareness to young girls drinking too much at parties. Looks like they forget to mention that we should bring awareness to sex without consent being rape, but of course that would make their baby boy look like the bad guy he really is. The Turners want to make sure everyone knows the victim was drunk, but they don’t want to mention that their son was drunk too and that rape is worse than drinking.
Brock Turner has served his three months, for his three cases of sexual assault, and is free. His victim on the other hand, isn’t free. She has to live with the horrid memories of finding out what happened to her at a hospital, stripped of her undergarments and her rapist trying to tell everyone she wanted it, too. Turner will be registered as a sex offender until the day he dies, but his serving time is done. The innocent 23-year-old woman will have to go on, knowing her predator got off easy, with scars that will forever show Brock Turner wasn’t innocent.