When you read the sentencing statements in support of Stanford University rapist Brock Turner, you begin to notice a common thread: denial. Denial not that it happened, but that he deserves to be punished.
The Stanford University swimmer was last week sentenced to just six months in prison, after a jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a fraternity party in January 2015. The seemingly lenient sentence – the maximum penalty is 14 years – has sparked global outrage and a campaign to have Judge Aaron Persky recalled from the bench.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Turner’s maternal grandparents, Carolyn and Richard Bradfield, were unable to attend the trial or last Thursday’s sentencing due to health reasons, however they wrote to Judge Aaron Persky in support of their grandson.
“We were shocked, and stunned by the outcome and left to the only thing we could do – hold each other and cry,” they wrote of his conviction. “Brock is the only person being held accountable for the actions of other irresponsible adults.”
It is unclear to whom they were referring as “irresponsible adults”.