Brock Turner's six-month jail term for sexual assault of an intoxicated, unconscious woman on the Stanford campus last year is a setback for the movement to take campus rape seriously.
District Attorney Jeff Rosen's office had argued for a prison term befitting the crime, which was halted by cyclists who happened to be passing by. A jury convicted Turner on three felonies, including assault with intent to commit rape, but the judge bought the defense's portrayal of the swimming star and went easy.
Rosen has taken this case as a clarion call to stem the epidemic of campus sexual assault, which often, but not always, is related to campus drinking. He recently convened representatives from colleges and universities throughout Santa Clara County with the aim of working together, consistently, to meet this societal and cultural challenge.
It was a hopeful beginning. We'll watch for progress. And if Turner's slap on the wrist sentence is a setback, activists can take some comfort that the jurors at the trial in March saw what happened as a very serious crime.
Originally posted by The Mercury News
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