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Stanford sexual assault offender Brock Turner blames crime on “party culture”

By WITW Staff on June 8, 2016

According to a statement made to the judge by Brock Turner — the former Stanford University student and swimmer recently sentenced to six months in county jail for sexually assaulting a woman behind a dumpster outside of a campus fraternity house while she was unconscious — “drinking” and “party culture” were the real culprits behind his crime. In a phone interview made Tuesday, the victim — who drew international attention after describing the chilling account of waking up hours later in the hospital — repeated her condemnation of Turner not only for his crime, but for refusing to admit responsibility for his actions.

“People need to know that this way of thinking is dangerous,” said the victim. “It’s threatening. More than my emotions, it’s my safety, everyone else’s safety … There’s no way you can wiggle out of this.”

Turner, whose father drew outrage when an excerpt surfaced of a statement he wrote to the judge arguing that jail was too “steep a price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of 20 plus years of his life,” said in his statement that he “never ever meant to intentionally hurt” the victim. Turner also said that his personal life and potential career as a swimmer had been ruined as a result of the case, and that he plans, going forward, to help teach others “that people’s lives can be destroyed by drinking and making poor decisions while doing so.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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