Sexual assault is extremely prevalent in our everyday lives. More and more recently, stories are coming to light of women being victimized by men.
It takes years for these stories to come out, as often the women feel embarrassed and scared to tell their story. One young woman, came forward to tell her story, in hopes that the predator would be put behind bars and taught a serious lesson…
On January 1, 2015, officers received reports of a woman lying in a field near the Kappa Alpha fraternity house at Stamford University. When they went to respond to the call, they found a woman behind the dumpster, lying in fetal position. Thankfully, she was breathing, but was unable to respond.
When found, her underwear was removed and lying beside her. Her dress was pulled up over her waist, and her hair was completely disheveled. The victim was also covered in pine needles from nearby trees.
Close by, officers saw that two men had caught another young man trying to flee. The two young men said that they found him on top of the girl. They screamed at the man that the girl was unconscious and to get off of her. They tried to flee…
While in the ambulance, paramedics tried to wake the victim. They shook her, shouted at her, and even inflicted pain on her, with no response. She vomited one time, but still no response. At around 4:15, she finally woke, with a blood alcohol level of 0.12%. At the time of the attack, the victim’s blood alcohol level was most likely around 0.22%.
Authorities needed to begin an investigation into what exactly happened that night. The victim told over the course of events that she could remember. According to her, she and her sister when to a frat party at the Kappa Alpha fraternity house.
While they were there, they both drank quite a bit of alcohol. The victim drank more than she could handle. When the assailant was identified, the victim’s sister was shocked. She said that she recalls Brock Turner attempting to kiss her throughout the night, and she was forced to shove him off of her. It seemed as though Brock was trying to get action that night, no matter what…
Brock Turner had a fall from grace. Around campus, he was known as an all-star varsity swimmer. He had set records in the pool that seemed to rival those of Olympic swimmers. Many believe that Brock was destined for the Olympics. The predator side of Brock was one that very few people knew.
When this story came to light, authorities began wondering if others had been affected by Brock Turner’s predatorily ways. One student, a young girl, came forward and let authorities know that the week prior to the attack, she was at a party attended by Brock. She said that at the party, they were dancing and he made her feel uncomfortable by touching her waist, stomach and upper thigh.
When the trial began, the victim chose to remain anonymous. She wrote a 7,244 word statement to the court describing the harrowing details of the horrors she went through. From the night leading up to the assault, to the pain she still feels today, she expressed in this letter that was read to the court. The victim hoped the letter would allow Brock to have a clear understanding of the damage that he caused her.
At the time of the trial, the Vice President of our Country was Joe Biden. Biden caught wind of the trial, that was sweeping America’s news stations. He read the victims letter which had a deep impact on him. He personally penned a letter to her stating how sorry he was for what she had gone through, and let her know how moving her letter was. Biden said men and women everywhere should read her letter to have understanding of what she went through…
Brock Turner was sentenced to 6 years in prison. Additionally, he was to adhere to three years of probation, as well as register as a sex offender. Judge Persky caused outrageous uproar among thousands of people for what the public considers, a very ‘lite’ sentencing.
In 2016, an independent agency who investigates wrongdoing of judges, receiving countless complaints about Judge Persky. People believed that due to his past athletic participation at Stanford University, he was biased to the defendant.
Judge Persky was under investigation for his take on this case, however, after deliberation, he was cleared of all wrongdoing. They found that there was not sufficient evidence to prove that Persky was in fact biased. Also, the punishment given to Brock by Persky was within legal limits.
Judge Persky issued a statement to the public. He stated how, in his past, when he had the role of prosecutor, he fought endlessly to defend victims in various cases. Persky claimed that as a judge, he took an oath to consider both the prosecution as well as the defendant, and to consider rehabilitation and probation for first time offenders, despite public opinion…
While behind bars, Brock Turner stayed out of trouble. He was released after only three years for his good behavior, serving only half of his sentence. Brock has since decided to appeal his conviction.
On Friday, December 8th, Brock Turner submitted a 172-page brief to the courts. He and his team of lawyers are claiming that the prosecution wrongfully told the jury that the ‘rape’ occurred behind a dumpster. The defendant and his lawyers claim this is prosecutorial misconduct, which is the illegal act of attempting to sway the jury to wrongfully accuse a victim.
According to Brock and his team, the assault occurred next to the dumpster, not behind it. The defense argued that by the prosecution telling the jury it in fact happened behind it, it appears as though Brock was trying to hide his actions. This, they claim, was not the case.
The appeal is only forcing the victim to relive the horrors she went through. District attorney, Jeff Rosen, said, “Brock received a fair trial and was justly convicted. His conviction will be upheld. Nothing can ever roll back Emily Doe’s legacy of raising the world’s awareness about sexual assault…”
While it is often extremely difficult to see the positives in a horrific situation, this case brought to light many things the world has a hard time facing. Sexual assault is present in our everyday lives, and we must constantly be aware of predators. Alcohol involvement is no excuse for illegal behavior, nor can a victim give consent while under the influence.
This case has also been said to be a prime example of why women have a hard time reporting sexual assaults. Victims are forced to be publicly embarrassed, relive their trauma, and risk the criminal not being found guilty of their crime. In this situation, the victim expected and hoped for a much harsher punishment, however, that was not delivered.