Brock Turner, the former swimmer at Stanford University who was sentenced to just 6 months of prison for sexual assault, has received incredible backlash from the public due to his sheer inability to recognize the severity of his actions.
He expressed in his ludicrous, tone-deaf statement to judge Aaron Persky that, “I wish I never was good at swimming or had the opportunity to attend Stanford, so maybe the newspapers wouldn’t want to write stories about me.”
Turner’s father has exhibited a similar blindness, referring to Turner’s rape of an unconscious woman behind a dumpster as “20 minutes of action.”
It’s evident that Turner and his father do not at all recognize the impact rape has had on the young woman Turner attacked, nor that Turner essentially got a slap on the wrist for his horrific choice.
Turner’s father apparently also believes the public should donate to pay the legal fees of his rapist son—according to Raw Story, “A customer service representative for Wright-Patt Credit Union confirmed to [WHIO-TV] that Dan Turner had created an account so supporters could donate money to help pay legal fees in the case.”
Family and friends have also reportedly attempted to obtain donations for legal fees; a Facebook page was set up by family friend Joni Magnus-Ramsey, who pleaded that, “[Turner’s parents] are dealing with a monumental life-changing and tragic situation with Brock and their expenses continue to mount. As a mother and friend, I would do anything to help my child and save him.”
Turner was convicted on three counts of sexual assault and should have served the recommended 14-year sentence in prison, had the judge not been comically lenient. It’s appalling that Turner’s father and others close to the family believe that he deserves monetary support from the public for his legal defense, when he will be facing little to no legal consequences.
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