There are so many layers to this story that make me spit fire.
Treatment of rape survivors.
Inequity of sentences given out for different crimes.
Parents that make excuses for their children.
This list could go on and on...
I've got two more layers that I want to comment on...
As a white female, I'm going to throw the "race card" in the mix. I haven't heard many people talking about it. Maybe that's a good thing. Because it doesn't matter what color anyone is in this story, the "wrongs" are horribly wrong.
But, my husband and I were talking last night...if this was a black Stanford student, he'd have received a harsher sentence.* ( *exception being if he was a star athlete for a sport that was bringing in high revenue for the university.)
If this was a black guy who happened to be on Stanford's campus, he'd have been locked up and thrown away the keys.
If this had been a black guy raping a black girl in a poverty stricken area, sadly, most of us wouldn't even know about this story or be paying this much attention.
I'm outraged at the sentence for all kinds of reasons. And, yes, the "race" reason is one of them.
Also, I have a friend...long story...but, two months ago, after a night out drinking with friends, she offered her couch to a male friend who'd had too much to drink to drive home. This male friend was a good friend who'd expressed interest in dating her. She'd had the conversation more than once with him that she loved his friendship, but only wanted that...their friendship...nothing more. He'd stayed at her house on previous occasions after too many drinks. This particular occasion, she was sexually assaulted in her own home. She has chosen not to press charges or legally report him. She is a civilian that works on a military base. He is in the military. She says that in their situation, she knows it is only going to be her word against his. So, she has already been too fearful of the victim-blaming and shaming that she
This is one friend's story. I know others. You know others. You may have your own story.
In the case of Brock Turner, hooray for those cycling Swedes that stopped, intervened, didn't just ride pass or look the other way. Most of all, hooray for the victim who (hopefully) sees that she is an inspiration to many and support is out there in abundance.