Brock Turner Is A Prime Example Of White Privilege & Rape Culture

Sameera Ehteram
We live in a culture that is becoming increasingly tolerant of sexual assault. The case of the Stanford rapist is evidence of that.

USA Swimming, the governing body for professional swimming in the United States, just slammed the door on Brock Turner, the former Stanford student and ex-swimmer who was sentenced last week to six months in jail for sexual assault.

Swimming's governing body handed down a lifelong ban on Turner.

The ban against Turner, who worked toward swimming in the Olympics for the U.S. national team, also bars him from participating in future Olympic trials.

Turner was sentenced to six months in county jail and three years' probation for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. He'll be released from jail after just three months.

Dan Turner, Brock’s father, thinks his son should not be put in jail because the punishment is too severe for just “20 minutes of action.” He also believes his son is “totally committed to educating other college age students about the dangers of alcohol consumption and sexual promiscuity.”

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Brock Turner

Turner himself feels he has been unjustly dealt with. He refuses to take responsibility for his actions and blames the sexual assault he committed on the campus culture of excessive alcohol consumption, peer pressure and “sexual promiscuity.”

 In a pre-sentencing plea letter to the judge, he begged for leniency.

“I’ve been shattered by the party culture and risk taking behavior that I briefly experienced in my four months at school,” he wrote. “I’ve lost my chance to swim in the Olympics.”

“I’ve lost my ability to obtain a Stanford degree. I’ve lost employment opportunities, my reputation and most of all, my life.”

There are approximately 293,066 victims of rape and sexual assault, ages 12 and older, each year in the United States, according to Rape Victim Advocates.

Stanford itself had one rape every two weeks before Brock Turner was caught on Jan. 17, 2015.

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