17 Reactions To The Stanford Rape Case That Will Make You Angry

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:

1. Okay:


2. This shouldn’t have to be said:


3. Agreed!


4. Silver lining?


5. True:


6. Also true, unfortunately:


7. I mean, yeah.


8. Like, it should be clear. And yet:


9. Again–this should be obvious:



10. As one responder to this tweet said, “like father like son:”


11. Another response to that “20 minutes of action” thing:



12. Thankfully, some hero went and made some nice copy edits:


13. Here is a good primer on what rape culture is, exactly:

14. The double standard is…a lot:


15. Not to oversimplify things, but, like, same:



16. Right?


17. Yep.

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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