There is one thing to believe in your kid, but it is another thing to be delusional. The man’s son committed a horrendous crime. One that the victim will never get over… and he thinks the punishment is too harsh. Wow. Check out the letter.
The father of the 20-year-old Stanford University swimmer found guilty of raping an unconscious 23-year-old woman at a campus party has penned a letter saying his son is paying a high price for ’20 minutes of action’.
Brock Allen Turner was found guilty Thursday for sexually assaulting the woman, who has not been identified.
He has been sentenced to six months in a county jail with probation.
On Sunday, Turner’s father, Dan A. Turner, penned an open letter about the verdict of the rape case, arguing his son’s jail sentence ‘isn’t an appropriate punishment’.
‘As it stands now, Brock’s life has been deeply altered forever by the events of January 17 and 18,’ the letter begins.
‘He will never be his happy go lucky (sic) self with that easy-going personality and welcoming smile.
‘His every waking moment is consumed with worry, anxiety, fear and depression,’ the father began the letter.
He goes on to say how much Turner likes to eat – especially Ribeye steaks – and how he’s a ‘very good cook’ but now can hardly eat and only consumes food ‘to exist’.
‘His life will never be the one he dream about and worked so hard to achieve.
‘That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 years of life,’ Dan A. Turner continued.
He wrote that his son should not be subjected to incarceration because he ‘has no prior criminal history and has never been violent with anyone including on the night of January 17’.
Dan A. Turner adds that his son can be a positive force in the community by promoting the ‘dangers of alcohol and sexual promiscuity’.
He concludes by saying the best thing for his son is probation.
The day before, the woman who was raped by Brock Allen Turner, read out her own powerful letter to her attacker as she came face-to-face with him in court.
Brock Allen Turner’s 23-year-old victim explained in the emotional speech at Thursday’s sentencing hearing how she learned she had been attacked by a stranger and the toll the trial had taken on her, as his attorneys argued that she had consented to sex.
His victim provided her full statement to BuzzFeed News.
In it she said: ‘You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today.
‘He is a lifetime sex registrant. That doesn’t expire. Just like what he did to me doesn’t expire, doesn’t just go away after a set number of years.
‘It stays with me, it’s part of my identity, it has forever changed the way I carry myself, the way I live the rest of my life,’ she added.
Turner, 20, who was part of Stanford’s high-powered swimming program was convicted in Santa Clara County Superior Court of three counts of sexual assault.
He had been facing a 10-year prison term but was given just six months behind bars for his crime. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky said he weighed Turner’s character, lack of criminal history and that he was remorseful in determining to bypass a heavier penalty.
His victim told BuzzFeed News she was disappointed with the ‘gentle’ sentence and angry Turner still denied the attack.
‘Even if the sentence is light, hopefully this will wake people up,’ she said.
‘I want the judge to know that he ignited a tiny fire. If anything, this is a reason for all of us to speak even louder.’
In court the victim asked the judge if she could address Turner directly. She begun reading her statement by describing how she had planned to stay at home on January 17, 2015, but that her younger sister was visiting so after her father made them dinner she decided to go to the party with her sibling.
Once there she said she let her guard down and ‘drank liquor too fast not factoring in that my tolerance had significantly lowered since college’.
She ‘blacked out’ after drinking two whiskey shots, two vodka shots.
She explains: ‘The next thing I remember I was in a gurney in a hallway.
‘I had dried blood and bandages on the backs of my hands and elbow.
‘I thought maybe I had fallen and was in an admin office on campus.
‘I was very calm and wondering where my sister was.
‘A deputy explained I had been assaulted.
‘I still remained calm, assured he was speaking to the wrong person. I knew no one at this party.
‘When I was finally allowed to use the restroom, I pulled down the hospital pants they had given me, went to pull down my underwear, and felt nothing.
‘I still remember the feeling of my hands touching my skin and grabbing nothing.
‘I looked down and there was nothing. The thin piece of fabric, the only thing between my vagina and anything else, was missing and everything inside me was silenced.
‘I still don’t have words for that feeling. In order to keep breathing, I thought maybe the policemen used scissors to cut them off for evidence.’
She then described how she was examined and asked to sign papers that said ‘Rape Victim’ before being allowed to shower.
She continued: ‘I stood there examining my body beneath the stream of water and decided, I don’t want my body anymore. I was terrified of it, I didn’t know what had been in it, if it had been contaminated, who had touched it. I wanted to take off my body like a jacket and leave it at the hospital with everything else.’