Rape is not "action"
This case has been popping up everywhere and I've felt so many different emotions reading everything thus far and I needed to vent. I hadn't clicked on anything when I first started seeing it because things like this give me such a heavy heart but it needs to be read, and it needs to be talked about.
The first article I finally clicked on was from CBC, "Stanford rape case: Sex offender's dad says 6 months is too harsh for '20 minutes of action'". I couldn't believe my bloody eyes, but I'll get into that one a bit later. This then lead me to the letter that the victim read to her attacker as posted in full on Buzzed, "Here Is The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud To Her Attacker" a long read that will leave you with a heavy heart but, again, needs to be read.
The idiot was caught red handed (luckily) by two men who tackled him and held him until the police arrived. This should have been open and shut, take a plea and you won't see the inside of a courtroom but the family of the attacker wanted to protect their precious little rapist so they got the best lawyer money could buy.
I think the part that pisses me off most about rape trials is that they are generally the only kinds of cases where the victim is put on trial. In this case (and so many others) the woman was unconscious, guess what that means? She doesn't have a story to tell, which also means that the rapist gets to make it all up and change his story as he wishes.
This case has been going on for over a year now, a year of uncertainty, a year of being blamed and a year of attempted recovery for this woman. All to have it dashed with a 6 month slap on the wrist for Ol' Brocky Boy. Just to reiterate, that is half the time it took to get a guilty verdict in the first place. Even though basically everyone is talking about how this is an insanely light sentence, it's still too much time for Brock to pay according to his father in a letter he wrote:
As it stands now, Brock's life has been deeply altered forever by the events of Jan 17th and 18th. He will never be his happy go lucky self with that easy going personality and welcoming smile. His every waking minute is consumed with worry, anxiety, fear, and depression. You can see this in his face, the way he walks, his weakened voice, his lack of appetite. Brock always enjoyed certain types of food and is a very good cook himself. I was always excited to buy him a big ribeye steak to grill or to get his favorite snack for him. I had to make sure to hide some of my favourite pretzels or chips because I knew they wouldn't be around long after Brock walked in from a long swim practice. Now he barely consumes any food and eats only to exist. These verdicts have broken and shattered him and our family in so many ways. His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve.That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.
The fact that he now has to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life forever alters where he can live, visit, work, and how he will be able to interact with people and organizations. What I know as his father is that incarceration is not the appropriate punishment for Brock. He has no prior criminal history and has never been violent to anyone including his actions on the night of Jan 17th 2015. Brock can do so many positive things as a contributor to society and is totally committed to educating other college age students about the dangers of alcohol consumption and sexual promiscuity. By having people. like Brock educate others on college campuses is how society can begin to break the cycle of binge drinking and its unfortunate results. Probation is the best answer for Brock in this situation and allows him to give back to society in a net' positive way.
Dan A. Turner
You raised a rapist and now you want us to take pity on him? No. If he were my son jail would likely be a better place for him than in my house, but then again, I would raise my son to be a man and treat women with dignity and respect.
The sad part about all of it is that in todays society crimes like rape don't seem to shock anyone anymore. Rape this SHOULD be shocking, it SHOULDN'T be this common and it needs be talked about.
There has been nothing but appalling behaviour by everyone involved, starting with the rapist obviously, but then his father who referred to rape so nonchalantly as "20 mins of action" and then to the judge who tries to save the charmed life of a criminal by giving him a slap on the wrist and 6 months in prison.
All of this is disgusting and people need to wake the fuck up.