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Brock Allen Turner: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Brock Turner’s mugshot from the night of his arrest in January 2015. (Stanford University Police)

A former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman was sentenced to six months in jail, leading to widespread outcry.

Brock Turner, 20, was convicted by a jury in March of three felonies, assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object.

Turner was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman behind a dumpster on the Stanford campus. He was stopped by two witnesses, a pair of Stanford students from Sweden who were bicycling by, who called out to him and then tackled him to the ground when he ran away, holding him until police arrived.

He faced up to 14 years in prison, but Judge Aaron Persky decided on a sentence many consider too lenient.

“A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him,” Persky said at Turner’s sentencing. “I think he will not be a danger to others.”

Turner, of Ohio, was taken to the Santa Clara County Jail to begin his sentence, and could be released after just three months, the prosecutor says. Turner plans to appeal the conviction.

“The punishment does not fit the crime,” the District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement. “The predatory offender has failed to take responsibility, failed to show remorse and failed to tell the truth. 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. And I will prosecute it as such.”

Turner will also serve three years of probation and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

Turner’s letter to the judge has been made public. In the letter, Turner defends his actions, blaming alcohol and claiming the victim consented. You can read the full statement here.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. The Woman Turner Sexually Assaulted Said in a Powerful 13-Page Statement He ‘Dragged Me Through This Hell’

The victim read a powerful 13-page statement to the court during Brock Turner’s sentencing, calling out the light punishment Turner was receiving and saying he had left her “devastated.”

She also said he “dragged me through this hell with you,” through a year-long process that culminated with a trial.

“You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today. The damage is done, no one can undo it,” she said. “And now we both have a choice. We can let this destroy us, I can remain angry and hurt and you can be in denial, or we can face it head on, I accept the pain, you accept the punishment, and we move on.”

The woman also thanked the two bicyclists who saved her, and addressed other sexual assault victims,

“On nights when you feel alone, I am with you,” she said. “When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you. I fought everyday for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you.”

You can read the full statement by the victim at the link below:

READ: Brock Turner Rape Victim’s Full Impact Statement

Read the devastating impact statement written by the woman who was raped by Stanford swimmer Brock Turner.

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2. The Prosecutor in the Case Said Turner ‘May Not Look Like a Rapist, But He Is the Face of Campus Sexual Assault’

Brock Turner in his mugshot taken after his arrest in January 2015.

Brock Turner in his booking photo taken at the Santa Clara Jail.

The prosecutor in the case, who the victim called her “idol” for fighting “tirelessly” and never doubting her, gave a strong closing argument during Turner’s trial.

“He may not look like a rapist,” Prosecutor Alaleh Kianerci said, according to the San Jose Mercury News. “but he is the face of campus sexual assault.”

After Turner was found guilty, District Attorney Jeff Rosen told reporters, “Drunk means no. Passed out means no.”

The judge in the case, Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, has come under fire for the sentence he handed down. The prosecution had asked for six years in state prison, while the probation department recommended a sentence of less than one year in county jail.

Many have now called for Persky to be removed from the bench.

Persky said in court that Turner had “poisoned” the lives of those involved, according to the Palo Alto Weekly.

“The question that I have to ask myself is … Is state prison for this defendant an antidote to that poison?” Perksy said. “Is incarceration in prison the right answer for the poisoning of (the woman’s) life?”

District Attorney Jeff Rosen said Monday that while he disagrees with the judge’s sentence, he does not think he should be removed from the bench.

“While I strongly disagree with the sentence that Judge Persky issued in the Brock Turner case I do not believe he should be removed from his judgeship,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement. “I am so pleased that the victim’s powerful and true statements about the devastation of campus sexual assault are being heard across our nation. She has given voice to thousands of sexual assault survivors.”

Read more about Persky at the link below:

Judge Aaron Persky: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Judge Aaron Persky sentenced former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman.

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3. Turner Has Blamed Drinking for the Incident & Says He Never Intended to Rape the Victim

(Stanford University)

(Stanford University)

Turner has said excessive drinking was the cause of the incident, and said during his statement during sentencing that he plans to speak about the issues surrounding alcohol and drinking culture on college campuses.

The victim said Turner is misunderstanding the issue, writing:

You were not wrong for drinking. Everyone around you was not sexually assaulting me. You were wrong for doing what nobody else was doing, which was pushing your erect dick in your pants against my naked, defenseless body concealed in a dark area, where partygoers could no longer see or protect me, and my own sister could not find me. Sipping fireball is not your crime. Peeling off and discarding my underwear like a candy wrapper to insert your finger into my body, is where you went wrong. Why am I still explaining this.

The victim also said in her statement that campus drinking culture is not what he needs to speak out against:

That’s what we’re speaking out against? You think that’s what I’ve spent the past year fighting for? Not awareness about campus sexual assault, or rape, or learning to recognize consent. Campus drinking culture. Down with Jack Daniels. Down with Skyy Vodka. If you want talk to people about drinking go to an AA meeting. You realize, having a drinking problem is different than drinking and then forcefully trying to have sex with someone? Show men how to respect women, not how to drink less.

Drinking culture and the sexual promiscuity that goes along with that. Goes along with that, like a side effect, like fries on the side of your order. Where does promiscuity even come into play? I don’t see headlines that read, Brock Turner, Guilty of drinking too much and the sexual promiscuity that goes along with that. Campus Sexual Assault. There’s your first powerpoint slide. Rest assured, if you fail to fix the topic of your talk, I will follow you to every school you go to and give a follow up presentation.

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Carl-Frederik Arndt and Peter Jonsson, Swedish Ph.D. students at Stanford, have been called heroes for stopping Brock Turner while he was raping a woman.

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4. His Father Says Prison Is a ‘Steep Price to Pay for 20 Minutes of Action’

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Dan Turner, left, with his wife, Carleen. (Facebook)

Turner’s father, Dan A. Turner, also gave a statement during the sentencing, one that has been blasted for its tone-deafness since it was made public. You can read the full letter by Dan Turner here.

“His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve,” the elder Turner wrote in the letter, which he also read aloud in court. “That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.”

Read more about Turner’s parents at the link below:

Dan & Carleen Turner, Brock’s Parents: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Convicted attempted rapist Brock Turner shouldn't have received a long stint in prison because of "20 minutes of action," according to his father Dan.

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Leslie Rasmussen, a longtime family friend, has also come under fire for her letter in support of Brock Turner. Her band, Good English, has had several shows cancelled because of the outrage directed toward her.

Read more about Rasmussen at the link below:

Leslie Rasmussen & Good English: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Leslie Rasmussen, rapist Brock Turner's childhood friend, has come under fire, along with her band, Good English, for a letter she wrote in support of him.

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5. Turner Was an All-American Swimmer in High School & Was Kicked Out of Stanford After His Arrest

Turner was expelled from Stanford University after his arrest and conviction. He had been a freshman member of the university’s swim team.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Turner swam for the Dayton Raiders before being recruited for Stanford and was a three-time All-American high school swimmer at Oakwood High School.

He held the Ohio record for fastest time by a male 18 and under in the 800-meter freestyle, won high school state titles in the 200 and 500 freestyle, made the U.S. Junior National team, and participated in the 2012 Olympic trials.

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Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to Stanford as an Ivy League school.

This post has been updated since it was originally published in January 2015 to reflect the conviction and sentence in the case, along with the reaction to it.

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61 comments

  1. He’s only facing 10 years?! But, let a black guy sell an ounce of weed…he’ll be sentenced to life without parole. Gotta love our justice system!

    • you are so right!! I worked in the Emerg Room at nite and rape victims goes through a lot. It tore me up when I had to take care of them. He needs more than 10 years for the torment rape victims go through. I had attempted rape twice but was able to fight and get away. Weed is used for pain and they are making it legal in some states, not that I think it is right to use but Blacks do more time regardless of what they did..

    • that injustice has been corrected. only 6 months in county jail. hopefully he can be reinstated at Stanford and then join the USA swim team. i mean, the guy is white, blond and pretty. he’s entitled to a few mulligans in life.

      • No one is entitled to rape a woman, even more so when she is unconscious or pass out. I hope he DOESN’T get reinstated at Stanford or any other college… or be invited to join the USA swim team… let him feel the punishment for the next 10-20 years, especially when he has to register as a HIGH-RISK sex offender no matter where he lives. He shouldn’t be allowed to get a passport to go to another country to evade his punishment either… His passport should be endorsed to indicate he’s a sex offender and a convicted rapist, and then let the country he wants to go to decide whether or not to admit him… Or maybe he could be branded on his forehead… RAPIST… and let it go at that

      • I’m White and they would have fried me…. because i don’t know the right people and didn’t go to the right college… case in point o.j. simpson.. guilty as sin and let off the hook… I think he was Black Anonymous,,JS

        • I agree with you 100%. It has nothing to do with “Whiteness” and everything to do with money and connections. Our criminal justice system is a pathetic joke, so rife with in-your-face corruption.

  2. Another “elite” student at an “elite” school behaving like a lowlife criminal. Some of them break the law early like this Einstein; others wait and steal money from retirees and pension funds or with “disruptive technology”. Regardless these “elite” schools breed sociopaths with a sense of entitlement and disregard for the rest of us.

    • You seem to be confusing two people of the same name. Brock Allen Turner’s father Dan is not a medical doctor. He is a civilian U.S. Air Force employee. Hopefully, nobody will be harrassing the poor doctor who happens to share the same name!

  3. Why is the first thing that we need to know about him that he is an elite swimmer?? the first thing we need to know about him is that assaulted another human being. I don’t care if he’s an olympic athlete I don’t care if he finds the cure for cancer. Nothing excuses what he did that night. Nothing excuses taking fundamental rights away from another human being.

  4. Where is his MUGSHOT? You know these people are truly powerful or at least their money is when they can stop the MUGSHOT from being shown!

  5. 5 FAST FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW:

    1. HE RAPED SOMEONE,
    2. HE VIOLENTLY RAPED AN UNCONSCIOUS WOMAN AND THEN BLAMED IT ON THE ALCOHOL
    3. HE WILL WALK AWAY WITH A SLAP ON THE WRIST
    4. ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER PRIVILEGED WEALTHY WHITE MALE COMMITS AN UNSPEAKABLE CRIME AND WALKS FREE
    5. HE TRIED TO CLAIM THAT SEX WITH AN UNCONSCIOUS WOMAN WAS SOMEHOW CONSENSUAL.

  6. five things we should know? why not the sixth. that this is an absolutely disgusting low life. a liar, and a blatant coward

  7. 1. He is a rapist.
    2. He committed Rape.
    3. He raped someone.
    4. Someone was raped by him.
    5. He was on the swim team, but isn’t anymore because he was kicked out of Stanford for raping someone.

    there! fixed it.

  8. WHY ON EARTH IS POINT NUMBER ONE ABOUT HIS SWIMMING RECORD? THAT IS ENTIRELY IRRELEVANT. THE MAN IS IN THE NEWS FOR BEING A CONVICTED RAPIST NOT A SWIMMER. ENOUGH WITH THIS RAPE APOLOGIST TRASH.

    • That’s very close to the line. Calling on a bullet for a judge? It’s a class X felony. You’d better re-think that post, cowboy.

  9. so now you dont even need to get your pants off to be accused of rape? This guy has already been FAR overpunished.

    • Yes because penetration of a foreign object into a woman’s sexual organ is not rape. He didn’t get his d*** wet, so no big deal. How about I take a bottle and shove it up your ass while I grind on your defenseless unconscious body… Then what would you call it?

    • Accused of rape?!? Nope CHARGED with rape & found GUILTY! “Brock Turner, 20, was convicted by a jury in March of three felonies, assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object.”

  10. A tragedy for all involved. The [anonymous] victim was drinking, underage, at a frat party. If she didn’t think that was risky behavior in and of itself, she didn’t belong at Stanford in the first place. She shares in the responsibility. This guy’s life is ruined and she can do whatever she wants. A six mo. sentence is acceptable. Convictions like this send the message that girls can change their mind about consent before/during/after sex at any time and as their mood suits them. Guys, beware. I don’t give girls the time of day anymore. They’re useless.

        • She was 23 at the time of the rape? 23 at a college frat party? Nothing weird or inappropriate about that, huh? A 23 year-old shouldn’t know better, should she? She’s only an adult when it suits her. Otherwise she’s a victim. Makes all the sense in the world.

    • You are not only clueless and misinformed, but also vile. I pray that you are not in any kind of position of power…I would hate to see the Justice you dole out. I also pray you are not breeding….

    • You are worse than useless (your reference to “girls”). Imagine a female member of YOUR immediate family who this could have happened to. Imagine yourself telling them that sentence of yours: “This guy’s life is ruined and she can do whatever she wants.” I’m imagining you getting your ass beat down by the entire Matriarchal side of your family. (You probably think a girl “wants it” if she has makeup and nice clothes on – I mean, it’s HER responsibility to not get raped, right? Not the guy, right?)

  11. The real state of college sex: “I want it. I don’t want it. I think I want it. I’m not sure if I want it. I want this, but not that. I feel guilty for wanting it. I want to want it, but I don’t want to want to want it. I’m not sure what I wanted or when, exactly. I might want it later. I don’t care what you want or what I may have said I wanted. I wanted it when we started, but suddenly I don’t and since you are in me and I have to decide that I no longer want it before I can say I no longer want it: I was raped. The instant I changed my mind, I was raped. He didn’t text me back. He didn’t call me. I was raped. I was ’emotionally’ raped. That’s just as bad. Worse, right? I was raped. You raped me. I’m protected. You’re not. I was raped. You’re a rapist. I’m a victim.”

        • Thanks for proving my point. The truth hurts, doesn’t it? It’s the first and last cry of the emotionally insecure: rape, rape, rape. So I should add this to my list. “He disagrees with me. He’s a rapist.” What you can’t do–no doubt because you lack the intellectual firepower–is to articulate any circumstance under which consent cannot be “revoked” after the fact. What you can’t do is articulate any circumstance in which the male would be the victim: either vis-a-vis false accusation or “rape” as you bat-shit crazies define it.

          • The truth that you’re an idiot? Nope doesn’t hurt me at all. :D Perhaps you should at least read the articles to find out the facts before spouting your vile BS. Ohhh…WAIT-maybe you’re BFF’s with that vile little Rapist who can only get it up for UNCONSCIOUS woman?!? That explains all your pathetic rants. FYI-there was no false accusation, he was found guilty 36 times of all 3 charges.

            • I didn’t say it was a false accusation in HIS case, you troglodyte. Yes, He was convicted and sentenced. I said, “What you can’t do is articulate any circumstance in which the male would be the victim: either vis-a-vis false accusation or “rape” as you bat-shit crazies define it.” Never mind. You’re too unintelligent to understand. #noreading-comprehensionskills.

  12. Dan your an idiot!! It takes only seconds to pull the trigger and kill someone!. 20 min of horrific, un-consented, unconscious, barbaric, agonizing torture is hell on earth. Your son has a terrible problem that you are condoning as normal, teenage behavior. There is no logic in your way of thinking and frankly quite dangerous. It opens the door for horrible scenarios from other sociopaths like your son, to commit more crimes. Shame on you and your wife, for allowing this to even be considered a defense.

  13. With a face like that, no wonder he had to rely on an unconcious woman for sexual gratification. He looks like a priviledged, arrogant prick. His father is a disgusting piece of work. By his logic violent murderers shouldn’t serve jail time either given that the average murder occurs in under 20 seconds.

  14. This punk and his parents are defective, disgusting, hideous people. The criminal needs years in prison, integrated with inmates who will ensure that he knows she feels.

  15. too bad, he’s a liar, he ever got arrested for drink alcoholic beverages underage, when he still in highschool he already attends a lot parties including alcohol, and he use drug