TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains details of sexual assault that may be distressing to some readers.
In January 2015, Stanford University student Brock Turner raped an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus. He was caught by two fellow students and later arrested by police.
In March 2016 Turner was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault by a jury, and last week he was sentenced to just six months of jail time.
Since his sentencing, the powerful impact statement of Turner’s victim has been seen around the world and helped further the imperative discussion around rape culture.
Here, we publish Turner’s statement – including the lies he told in a bid to secure a reduced sentence – which shows the lack of understanding and ownership he appears to have towards his crime.
Despite witness evidence that the victim was unconscious Turner maintains she gave consent.
The court did not believe him.
“The day of January 17th, 2015, started out like most of my days at school were spent, by getting up and going to swim practice. Having spent the past four months on campus living around my friends who were essentially all on the swim team, I had plans to spend time with them later that day. Coming from a small town in Ohio, I had never really experienced celebrating or partying that involved alcohol.
However, when I came to school in California, it had become what I expected when spending a Saturday with friends.