Prosecutors have released the compelling statement read aloud in court by the rape victim of a former Stanford University swimmer whose six-month jail sentence has been decried as a paltry punishment.
The 12-page, single-spaced letter went viral on Friday after the victim gave it to the media. Candid and graphic, it offers specific details about her experience after the January 2015 night Brock Turner was seen assaulting an unconscious, half-naked woman behind a dumpster near a fraternity house.
She describes the first time she came across an in-depth article about what had happened.
“I read and learned for the first time about how I was found unconscious, with my hair disheveled, long necklace wrapped around my neck, bra pulled out of my dress, dress pulled off over my shoulders and pulled up above my waist, that I was butt naked all the way down to my boots, legs spread apart, and had been penetrated by a foreign object by someone I did not recognize. I learned what happened to me the same time everyone else in the world learned what happened to me. … After I learned about the graphic details of my own sexual assault, the article listed his swimming times. She was found breathing, unresponsive with her underwear six inches away from her bare stomach curled in fetal position. By the way, he’s really good at swimming. Throw in my mile time if that’s what we’re doing. I’m good at cooking, put that in there, I think the end is where you list your extra-curriculars to cancel out all the sickening things that’ve happened.”
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