Victim of Stanford rape case explains her decision to remain anonymous

Henrietta Brewer
June 9, 2016

A former Stanford University swimmer who was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus has blamed a "party culture and risk-taking behavior" for his actions.

Stanford rapist Brock Turner used a statement to court to blame alcohol and sexual promiscuity for his sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman last year.

Despite facing a maximum prison sentence of 14 years, last week the OH native was sentenced to six months in a county jail.

One of the men who intervened in a high-profile United States rape incident at a Stanford University party has spoken of his experience after the rapist, Brock Turner, was sentenced to just six months jail.


Warning: The following content is graphic and may be disturbing. "And the guy ran away, my friend Peter chased after him", Arndt said. He only stopped his attack when two cyclists caught him and intervened. "I want to demolish the assumption that drinking and partying are what make up a college lifestyle I made a mistake, I drank too much, and my decisions hurt someone".

Turner was interrupted by two graduate students who were cycling by when they saw him assaulting a partially clothed woman behind the bin. The leniency of the sentence has sparked widespread anger on social media, as well as a petition directed to California lawmakers to have Judge Persky recalled that has so far garnered more than 577,000 signatures.

The victim penned an emotional letter to her attacker, describing the "severe impact" she suffered as a result of the assault. District Attorney Jeffrey Rosen had originally called for at least six years' imprisonment for Mr. Turner.

Brock Turner, the former Stanford student convicted of sexual assault, is reportedly being given special protection in jail.


Now, Turner and his team plan to appeal, although it's unclear at this time whether they're looking for a lighter sentence or a complete overruling of the verdict. And it's my job as the mother of sons to drive this point home every chance I get.

When we have discussed the Stanford rape case, we've talked about the victim, mostly.

"I don't think it's fair to base the fate of the next ten + years of his life on the decision of a girl who doesn't remember anything but the amount she drank to press charges against him", she wrote. She did not immediately tell her boyfriend and parents about the attack, pretending the whole thing wasn't real, she said.

The victim also described how Turner's lack of accountability had caused her added anguish, saying that he had "failed to exhibit honest remorse or responsibility for his conduct".


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