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Father of Stanford rapist says his son should not go to jail for “20 minutes of action.”

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Last week, heads spun when a 20-year-old Stanford student athlete named Brock Turner was handed a paltry six-month sentence for the crime of raping an unconscious woman. The judge in the case said he didn’t want to leave Turner in jail any longer because “jail would have a severe impact” but as it turns out, even six months would be a little too far for this apple to drop from the tree.

In a letter leaked to Twitter by Stanford law professor Michelle Dauber, Brock’s father Dan Turner defended his son’s actions and said he should not be imprisoned for “20 minutes of action.”  Turner goes on to bewilderingly claim that Brock has “never been violent to anyone including his actions on the night of [the rape].”

Tellingly, Turner’s letter focused almost entirely on Brock’s life as a student athlete, mourning the fact that “these verdicts have broken and shattered him” and “his life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve.” He also takes a moment to note that his son can’t even enjoy steak anymore.

Turner does not go into the life of his son’s victim, but he could. She penned a powerful letter and read it out loud to her attacker in court, saying “My independence, natural joy, gentleness, and steady lifestyle I had been enjoying became distorted beyond recognition,” she said. “I became closed off, angry, self-deprecating, tired, irritable, empty.” You can and should read the letter in its entirety here.

It’s only natural that parents would feel a natural inclination to defend their children from harm, no matter how awful the actions in question. Where things get mystifying and frankly gut-churning is that Dan Turner attempts to minimize the damage and violence caused by his son. If Brock was raised in a household where rape can be described as “20 minutes of action”, then his father can just look in the mirror next time he wants to blame someone for his son’s sentencing.

The younger Turner’s light sentence has received a negative attention from a lot of people, including District Attorney Jeff Rosen “The punishment does not fit the crime,” he said in an official statement. “The sentence does not factor in the true seriousness of this sexual assault, or the victim’s ongoing trauma. Campus rape is no different than off-campus rape. Rape is rape.”

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