The many things to be infuriated about in the Brock Turner rape case keep piling up.
First, there is the simply fact that Turner, a 20-year-old ex-Stanford University swimmer, raped an unconscious woman outside a fraternity party in 2015, attacking her so violently that he had to be pulled off by witnesses.
Then came the shockingly lenient sentence — six months — and the reason behind it.
“A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him,” Judge Aaron Persky said. “I think he will not be a danger to others.”
And now, it turns out the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Just as internet users are marveling over the victim's bravery for her victim impact statement outlining very clearly how Turner stripped her of her humanity, and how his attorneys were allowed to malign her entire existence, another letter came to light.
But this letter only has people seeing red. In it, Turner's father Dan requested the judge grant his son probation because apparently he had already paid “a steep price ... for 20 minutes of action." That's how rape is referred to in the Turner family.
“He will never be his happy go lucky self with that easy going personality and welcoming smile,” Dan Turner wrote of his son. “His every waking minute is consumed with worry, anxiety, fear, and depression. You can see this in his face, the way he walks, his weakened voice, his lack of appetite.”
Stanford law professor Michele Dauber posted Dan Turner's letter to Twitter.
Moreover, Dan Turner thinks his son is “totally committed to educating other college age students about the dangers of alcohol consumption and sexual promiscuity,” and Turner should be allowed to educate others of the effects of drinking, and how it can ruin lives.
Meanwhile, Turner (not to mention his father) has never admitted to raping the woman.
Here’s how the twitterverse responded:
There might be a correlation between Brock Turner being a convicted rapist and his father describing rape as "20 minutes of action." MIGHT.— John Scalzi (@scalzi) June 5, 2016
Turner is a rapist & college dropout who can swim - media needs to stop "talented swimmer man whose career blah blah"— end comment sections (@tauriqmoosa) June 6, 2016
No Mr. Dan Turner, your son wasn't involved in just "20 minutes of action" it was 20 minutes of sexual violence. Your son is a vile rapist.— Lord Cthulhu (@LordCthulhu2) June 6, 2016
Rapist gets max 6mths jail b/c jail wd have "severe impact" on him. WHAT ABOUT THE LIFELONG IMPACT ON THE VICTIM!! https://t.co/oBs9EQijBH— Jenny Ejlak (@JennyEjlak) June 4, 2016
Perhaps Judge Persky gave more credence to Dan Turner's letter. But it's the victim's speech to the judge that really moved people in the past few days. In a powerful speech, she summons the strength to talk about how Turner raping her forever changed who she is, not to mention exposing the insidious rape culture that allowed Turner's lawyers to shift blame to her.
“I want to show people that one night of drinking can ruin two lives. You and me. You are the cause, I am the effect. ...
“Your damage was concrete; stripped of titles, degrees, enrollment. My damage was internal, unseen, I carry it with me. You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today,” the woman said.
In the end, it didn't matter. Persky's sentence, along with its baffling reason, means Turner could be released from jail in three months.
Santa Clara county district attorney Jeff Rosen spoke out against the lenient sentence, saying it is unjust and does not fit the crime.
“Ultimately, the fact that the defendant preyed upon an intoxicated stranger on a college campus should not be viewed as less serious than if he assaulted an intoxicated stranger in downtown Palo Alto,” he said.
Both Turners, Brock and Dan, are only interested in the significant effects the rape had on the rapist. Even if justice was not served to the victim, seeing these letters side by side does expose the ways rape forever changes the lives of victims — and that's the "severe impact" we should be concerned about.