Rapist Gets Reduced Sentence Because “jail Would Have A Severe Impact.” | Gradient

Rapist gets reduced sentence because “jail would have a severe impact.”


“Horrific” doesn’t fully do justice in describing the violence committed behind a dumpster on Stanford’s campus in January of last year. A 23-year-old unconscious woman was raped by former Stanford swimmer Brock Allen Turner. Despite the prosecutor’s best efforts, Turner was sentenced to just six months in county jail and probation.  After taking into consideration his lack of a criminal record and his “young” age of 20, Judge Aaron Perksy commented at Turner’s hearing: “A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him,” he said, “I think he will not be a danger to others.”

However, during his trial his victim had a bit more to say to Turner’s face,

“You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today,” she said to Turner. “I am a human being who has been irreversibly hurt.”

Her statement rings in loud and clear after a horrific week of domestic murders. In a recent article, Jezebel draws attention to the pattern of this past week’s gut-wrenching headlines, showing that violence against women in the U.S. is still a problem made all the more disgusting because of how typical it is.

Here is a snippet of their summary: 

Friday, May 27: A 78-year-old former professor was arrested in Riviera Beach, Florida, accused of stabbing his 79-year-old wife to death. James Huhta is accused of fatally stabbing his wife Mary in the stomach…

Sunday, May 29: Kenneth Alan Amyx was … charged with the killing of his girlfriend Jennifer Streit-Spears. Amyx told police the murder was part of a failed suicide pact, and that when the woman “chickened out” he had to “finish her off” by stabbing her to death…

Monday, May 30: Karen Perez, who was just 15 years old, was found dead, her partially nude body stuffed under a kitchen sink in an abandoned apartment. Her boyfriend, who hasn’t been named because he’s also a minor, has been charged with murder…

Monday, May 30: Ashley Solano, 29, was found beaten to death in the laundry room of an apartment complex in Adelphi, Washington. Stephen Nurse, 46, has been charged with the murder…

Tuesday, May 31: Graphic artist Blake Leibel was charged in a Los Angeles courtroom with the murder of Iana Kasian, his girlfriend and the mother of his newborn daughter. Leibel is accused of torturing and mutilating Kasian…

Tuesday, May 31: Former Phoenix police officer Christopher Glen Wright allegedly shot and killed his wife Nasbah by the side of the road…

Thursday, June 2: Ashley Hasti was found dead in her Brooklyn Park, Minnesota home. She married Sarkar in 2011 and her family told media outlets the couple broke up about a year ago. Sarkar is believed to have shot and killed her, then traveled thousands of miles to murder Klug, his former professor…

Thursday, June 2: Patrick Antoine, 39, turned himself in to Norwich, Connecticut police. Police say Antonine admitted to stabbing Margarette Mady, his eight-months-pregnant wife, to death, then setting their apartment on fire…

Many women are never given a voice. They have their “worth,” their “privacy,” their “energy,” their “time,” their “safety,” their “intimacy,” their “confidence,” their “voice,” and their life taken away from them.

But, by all means, let’s hear more about the “severe impact” a prison sentence would have a 20-year-old white man.

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