- The California judge who meted out what many consider a light, six-month sentence with probation to a former Stanford swimmer convicted of a campus rape now faces a recall led by a law professor there. Meanwhile, the defendant’s father, seeking to support his son during sentencing, outraged many even further during sentencing by characterizing the rape as merely “20 minutes of action."
- Prosecutors said Brock Turner never accepted responsibility for the assault. His six-month sentence could be reduced to three for good behavior. As part of his sentencing, he will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
- Part 1: Judge in Stanford sexual assault case faces recall effort over light sentence
- Part 2: Telling the Story of the Stanford Rape Case
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Part 1: Judge in Stanford sexual assault case faces recall effort over light sentence
Stanford law professor leads campaign against judge who gave six months to the former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman.
Sam Levin and Joanna Walters, Guardian
Stanford is subject to five sexual violence investigations by the US Department of Education, making it the university with the highest number of active Title IX inquiries in the country. Photograph: Noah Berger/Reuters
Monday 6 June 2016 | The victim of a sexual assault by a former Stanford University swimmer said on Monday she was “overwhelmed and speechless” at the deluge of support for her as the judge who gave her attacker a light sentence faced a recall campaign.
Brock Allen Turner, 20, who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus, was sentenced to six months in county jail and probation – a punishment that is significantly less severe than the minimum prison time of two years prescribed by state law for his felony offenses.
Sam Levin is a reporter for Guardian US in San Francisco.
Joanna Walters is a freelance news, features and travel journalist, based in New York City.
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Part 2: Telling the Story of the Stanford Rape Case
Two letters, one from the victim and one from the offender’s father, have pushed a California case to the forefront of a national conversation about sexual assault.
Marina Koren, Atlantic
Jun 6, 2016 | In the days after a 20-year-old former Stanford University student received his jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on the school’s campus, two letters related to the case and made public have been widely read: one by the victim, and one by the offender’s father.
The victim’s letter was published in full by BuzzFeed on Friday, a day after the 23-year-old woman, who has chosen to stay anonymous, read it aloud to Brock Allen Turner during his sentencing hearing. In the 7,244 word-letter, the woman provides a harrowing, detailed account of her attempted rape in January 2015 and the struggle of trying to survive it. At times, she directly addresses Turner, telling him how that night destroyed her life.
Marina Koren is a senior associate editor at the Atlantic. She was previously the news editor at National Journal.
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