17 Reactions To Brock Turner’s Jail Release That Will Make You Angry

Last night, 21-year-old convicted sex offender Brock Turner was released from jail. The former Stanford swimmer faced up to 14 years in prison for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Instead, the the disgust of everyone with a conscience, the judge sentenced Turner to six months of jail time. Today, Turner was released from a Santa Clara County jail after serving just three months.

Yes, three months.

This wasn’t even a case of sexual assault that could be unfairly reduced to a case of “he said she said.” The victim was unconscious and was therefore unable, by law, to consent. Additionally, Turner was caught in the act by two witnesses. Witnesses. But that wasn’t enough for a lengthy sentence, apparently. It appears that luck was on Turner’s side the minute the case was presided over by Judge Aaron Persky, who justified the light sentence because a prison sentence would have a “severe impact” on Turner; he also believed that Turner wouldn’t be a danger to others anymore.

Um, excuse me? What about the severe impact that the rape had on the victim? Does she not matter? This entire case has reinvigorated discussions about the way that colleges handle rape cases as well as the way money, racial privilege, and the romanticization of athletes plays into rape culture. How can we sincerely say that our culture take rape seriously when Turner’s own father whined that his son shouldn’t be punished for “twenty minutes of action.”

Action. Here we have someone calling rape action like it’s some sort of tantalizing sexcapade.

The victim herself even addressed the privilege Turner experienced, saying, “If I had been sexually assaulted by an un-athletic guy from a community college, what would his sentence be? If a first time offender from an underprivileged background was accused of three felonies and displayed no accountability for his actions other than drinking, what would his sentence be?”

The only good thing to come out of this mess is the fact that Turner will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life. Additionally, there’s a California bill in the works that will require prison sentences for those who rape and/or sexually assault victims who were unconscious or unable to fight back. If that law was already in the books, Turner would have spent a minimum of three years in a state prison, not three months in a county jail.

There’s a lot to unpack here, and naturally there has been a lot of great discussion on Twitter about it all. Check out these 17 reactions to Brock Turner’s jail release that’ll make you angry, make you think, and make you want to go to a protest right this second.

 

1. And people wonder why rape victims remain silent…

 

 

2. People are in jail for far longer for less severe crimes. Was justice really served?

 

 

3. SMDH

 

 

4. Not even a rich white woman like Martha Stewart got five months in federal prison for insider trading…more time than this sex offender who was in county jail for summer vacation.

 

 

5. Okay, but real talk…

 

 

6. Another sad truth. I can’t even believe three months is already up, it felt like this just happened yesterday.

 

 

7. Check out these protesters who are picketing against Turner’s early release.

 

 

8. Let’s not forget the real victim here.

 

9. Watch this video of what real sexual assault survivors think of the Brock Turner case.

 

 

10. It’s disturbing how common this whole mess really is.

 

 

11. Coming from the same system that was convinced Turner wouldn’t commit any more crimes in the future, this doesn’t surprise me.

 

 

12. Stanford students are letting their anger known in a big way following the jailhouse release of former student, Turner.

 

 

13. Unfortunately, this is more than just the media being sketchy; he wasn’t convinced of rape by California state law…which is part of the problem. Still, it’s hard not to feel this way.

 

 

14. People get longer sentences for petty theft, drug possession, etc…this is out of control.

 

15. If you’re skeptical of the ways privilege played a role in Turner’s conviction, take a look at this:

 

 

16. Whoop, there it is…

 

 

17. This sums it all up pretty much.

 

 

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