When you think about your days in college, it’s likely you remember a few drunken nights. Well, maybe you don’t remember them, but you know they happened. No matter what you did, it was you who did it, and you probably took responsibility for your actions. Back in 2015, one such night occurred on the campus of Stanford University. Trouble is, Brock Turner isn’t really owning up to what he did, neither is his father. Listen to this episode of Beer & Bros. to hear Lyle and Dan discuss the difference between rape and sexual assault, and the value in acknowledging your mistakes and moving on. Get past the introduction, and we’ll give you 20 minutes of action you won’t regret in the morning.
Twenty Minutes of Action
Brock Turner was an Olympic hopeful with swimming on his mind. According to witnesses, he had something else on his mind, and he tried a few women before finding someone he felt was an easy target… for his love. He found her, and eventually took her to the most romantic place a fraternity party has – a dark area behind a dumpster.
In the early stages of his amorous tryst, two cyclists came upon the couple and noticed the woman seemed unresponsive. After a brief discussion, the two approached the couple, at which time Turner ran off. One of the cyclists tended to the woman while the other gave chase and caught the would-be rapist. By the time police arrived, one of the cyclists was in tears, deeply affected by what he’d seen.
Judge Not And Be Judged
In support of his son, Turner’s father wrote a letter. Just like the younger Turner, there was little to no reference to the action or the effect it’d had on the victim. No, the father’s letter, just like the son, was filled with tones of “woe is me.” The father went so far as to call the rape “20 minutes of action.” This is one of the biggest reasons any of us are talking about the incident.
Though a jury of his peers found Turner guilty of three misdemeanor counts of sexual assault, Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to just six months of time in jail and three years of probation. This was based on the judge’s belief that the young man had a bright future ahead. People wrote character references on Turner’s behalf. They must have gone something like: “Brock is a pretty good guy. He has trouble with personal space and responsibility, and he might take advantage of any situation he can turn to his benefit but, damn, he’s a good swimmer.”
If you have time, read the victim’s statement.
Our hosts discuss Brock, his victim, the judge, the father, and the difference between rape and sexual assault. Join us and see if we’re standing on the same side of the issue.