By now, you’ve heard about Brock Turner. You’ve heard about how the Stanford student was convicted on three felony counts of rape after being discovered assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on Stanford University’s campus in January 2015, but was only sentenced to six months in prison. You’ve heard about how Turner was a star member of Stanford’s swim team, which some people seem to think excuses him for the rape. You’ve heard about how the trial’s judge, a former Stanford athlete himself, gave him such a lenient sentence because anything more might “have a severe impact on him.” You’ve read the powerful, gut-wrenching letter that his victim read aloud to Turner in court in which she details her experience before, during, and after the rape. You’ve probably also read the equally gut-wrenching–though for totally different reasons–letter that Turner’s father wrote to try and get him out of his limited prison time by saying it is a “steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action.”
Feeling angry? If so, you’re not alone. Anger is the top reaction from around the web, and understandably so. Each component of the case–from the rape itself to its astonishingly lenient sentence–works quite well as a standalone instigator of rage. So, these posts from around the web probably won’t change how you feel about the situation, but they will help you shape your own judgment and analysis of it. Check out these reactions to the Stanford rape case results:
brock turner got 6 months pic.twitter.com/rWTKFo2kmh
— eve peyser (@evepeyser) June 7, 2016
2. This shouldn’t have to be said:
— Bébhinn Farrell Psyc (@BebhinnFarrell1) June 6, 2016
Blac Chyna, Shonda Rhimes, and Beyonce need to combine their powers and put a hex on the judge in the Stanford rape case.
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) June 6, 2016
4. Silver lining?
I'll say this for #BrockTurner and his dad: They did more to illustrate white male privilege & rape culture than anyone else in 2016
— M.J. Prest (@mj_prest) June 6, 2016
That Stanford rapists Dad's statement is the closest thing to The Purge I've ever seen IRL. Jail him too.
— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) June 7, 2016
6. Also true, unfortunately:
If only Brock Turner had been one of those people DESERVING of punishment, like rape victims or unarmed black teenagers or the mentally ill
— Jenny Jaffe (@jennyjaffe) June 5, 2016
7. I mean, yeah.
Rape happens because rapists rape.
End. Of. Story.#BrockTurner
— Theresa (@tlcprincess) June 7, 2016
8. Like, it should be clear. And yet:
— This Drunk Photo (@ThisDrunkPhoto) June 6, 2016
9. Again–this should be obvious:
10. As one responder to this tweet said, “like father like son:”
"20 minutes of bad action"?! So when one pulls a trigger and kills someone that's just "1 second of bad action"? https://t.co/raWTubqSoE
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) June 5, 2016
11. Another response to that “20 minutes of action” thing:
12. Thankfully, some hero went and made some nice copy edits:
Here, I fixed his letter (changes in bold)… pic.twitter.com/qsa8TZWsPJ
— Ali Ozeri (@alexandraozeri) June 6, 2016
13. Here is a good primer on what rape culture is, exactly:
— Clementine Ford (@clementine_ford) June 6, 2016
14. The double standard is…a lot:
When a man rapes a woman he's excused b/c of alcohol. When a woman is raped, it's her fault for getting drunk.
— Nate Poekert (@natepoekert) June 6, 2016
15. Not to oversimplify things, but, like, same:
Stanford judge said defendant was LESS culpable cos he was drunk. How is it that raped females with drink onboard are always MORE culpable?
— Alison O'Connor (@alisonoconn) June 7, 2016
Truth is, Brock Turner got 6 months because America would rather see their sons in him, than their daughters in his victim
— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) June 6, 2016
What do you think about the trial results? Did any of these reactions resonate with you? Let us know in the comments.
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