Turner’s Sentence is Poor Reflection of Judicial System’s Handling of Rape Cases - Recall Judge Aaron Persky

Turner’s Sentence is Poor Reflection of Judicial System’s Handling of Rape Cases

Over the past week, it has been difficult, if not impossible, to log on to an online platform without seeing the name Brock Turner in a tweet, Facebook status or news article.

Most people know who he is and why he is in the news: He raped an un- conscious woman and nearly got away with it.

Turner was convicted of acting in an “aggressive” way toward another woman a week before the assault, lying to officials that he had inexperience with drugs and drinking prior to college and sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, according to the Stanford Daily.

After serving only half of his six-month sentence, he was released from the Santa Clara County Jail on Sept. 2 on the grounds of “good behavior,” according to the Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky.

But just how good was his behavior, to allow for his release after he forcibly took another human being’s dignity?

Maybe his behavior was considered “good” because he was white; another example of white privilege at work.

Any behavior he could have exhibited in jail is not, nor ever will be, good enough to erase the eternal effects of his actions have on his victim.

In light of this injustice, the public has reacted.

Protesters have stood outside Turner’s home in Ohio at all hours, holding signs that declare him a rapist instead of defining him by his swimming accolades like news platforms such as Time, Sports Illustrated and CNN have done.

Turner has not commented publicly regarding the protesters.

But what is actually being done to prevent anything similar from happening in the future?

Because Turner was at Stanford, one of the most academically rigorous colleges, according to U.S. News, more attention has turned to sexual assault prevention strategies at other educational institutions and we’re finding not enough is being done.

This inaction — Turner getting away with only three months in jail for an unmistakeable sexual assault — teaches young boys that few consequences exist for pressuring a girl into a sexual act.

We have been reinforcing the actions of people like Turner through our negligent reaction to his horrific deed.

Young girls and women may become less likely to report any harassment that may happen to them since Turner’s victim still sees her rapist walk free less than one year after her assault.

If the public is so distraught about Turner’s inadequate apology, where is the institutional reaction to solving this problem?

Whether it be on college campuses, within the judicial system or across media platforms, American establishments need a reality check.

College campuses and other educational institutions need to be clearer in communicating that sexual assault is unforgivable.

The judicial system needs to enforce harsher, more striking consequences on offenders.

The mass media must take an approach to communicate these issues. Through these changes, the general mindset of the public will become more enlightened to the unfortunate commonality of sexual assault.

 

Original article posted by Loyola Phoenix
By Mary Norkol
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