Prior to sentencing former Stanford University swimmer Brock Allen Turner to six months in jail for three counts of sexual assault earlier in the week, a California judge heard the victim in the case read her impact statement aloud in court.
>>Read the victim’s full statement
Turner was convicted in March of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person, and penetration of an unconscious person.
In January 2015, two people witnessed the unconscious victim being assaulted by Turner behind a dumpster on Stanford’s campus according to a release from District Attorney Jeff Rosen. Turner ran but the witnesses stopped and held him until police arrived.
Rosen said in a prepared statement that he was disappointed in Judge Aaron Persky’s sentence, stating the offender has failed to take responsibility and show remorse.
“The punishment does not fit the crime,” Rosen said in a prepared statement. “The sentence does not factor in the true seriousness of this sexual assault, or the victim’s ongoing trauma. Campus rape is no different than off-campus rape. Rape is rape. And I will prosecute it as such.”
In reading her impact statement to the court prior to sentencing, the victim addressed the defendant, “You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today.”
“The damage is done, no one can undo it,” the victim’s statement reads. “And now we both have a choice. We can let this destroy us, I can remain angry and hurt and you can be in denial, or we can face it head-on, I accept the pain, you accept the punishment, and we move on.”
As part of the sentence, Turner must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Rosen released the victim’s full statement to the public.
“The punishment does not fit the crime,” he said.
With good behavior, Turner could be out in three months, then must complete three years of probation, the Mercury News is reporting.
He was remanded to custody after the decision by Persky.
Turner’s attorneys said they plan to appeal the conviction.
Deputy District Attorney Alaleh Kianerci had called Turner a “continued threat to the community” and asked the judge to sentence him to six years in state prison.
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