Stanford Rapist Brock Turner Will Be Released This Friday

Stanford Rapist Brock Turner Will Be Released This Friday

He only served three-months of his six month sentence

Former Stanford University student Brock Turner will be released this Friday. Turner was arrested on Jan. 18, 2015, for sexually assaulting an unconscious 22-year-old woman behind a dumpster.He was convicted of three felony sexual assault charges in March; sentence for only six months in Santa Clara county jail.

This is an outrage towards women and the pervasiveness of rape culture.This contributes the disbelief in the court system, in order to justifying the young man’s assault. Also, a proclaimed example on white privilege.

The conviction had a potential sentence of 14 years in prison. The 20-year-old’s jail sentence removed three months of the six month sentence for good behavior. The removal of the other half of his sentence occurred before starting his jail time.

Committing this heinous crime, Turner recognized getting a jail sentence was inevitable.The amount of his prison sentence got his family to be involved.

According to Dailymail, Turner’s family and others sent letters, pleading the Judge Aaron Persky to get a more lenient sentence.

One of Turner’s supporters was a former federal prosecutor Margaret Quin, who is a friend of the Turner family stated jail time “would serve no purpose.” Quin also advised for the judge to consider the long term damage like limited job opportunities and the requirement to register as a sex offender.

The leverage on the court system and Turner’s family puts a mockery on rape culture.The combination of being white and the use of family connections, manipulated the judge’s deductive sentence on Turner is absurd.

Stanford rapist Brock Turner, repeatedly lie to his probation officer, claiming how the victim was not unconscious and encouraged to his response for sexual interaction.

When the scene was intervened by two international students Swedish graduate students Peter Jonsson and Carl-Frederik Arndt both telling the police, when they witness the rape incident the victim was motionless.

Who paid the bigger price?

During the two-week trial, the victim had a 12-page statement that was read out loud to the court.It offered specific details about her experience of the evening Turner assaulted her.She was also displeased with Turner insisting going to court, which he pleaded not guilty for the charges.

It's unfortunate for this young woman to not earn justice. Her words did not impact the court, along has to deal with the trauma from her assault for the rest of her life.

Being white privilege, the appearance being a Caucasian, symbolizing as highly financed and skin color adds to the complication of the introspects on modern society. For this instance, affiliation with the criminal laws.

Judge Persky judicially favoring on Turner being white is also under scrutiny.This example on justice courts is putrid and lightens the criminality upon victims of rape. This controversial court case, has been in widespread criticism.

Letting a man out with the least amount possible for sexual assault is unbelievable towards to public and should’ve given a longer sentence for his actions.

Unfortunately, someone like Brock Turner will be out on September 2, 2016.

To read the victim's statement is here

Cover Image Credit: Brock Turner's booking photo of the incident

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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The Disrespectful Nature Of My Generation Needs To Stop

Why choosing phone games over a Holocaust survivor was my breaking point.


While many students that attended Holocaust survivor Hershel Greenblat's talk were rightfully attentive, I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, a few outlier students tapping away on their phones. They were minute movements, but inappropriate nonetheless.

Immediately I became infuriated. How, I thought, fuming, did my generation become so blithely unaware to the point where we could not proffer basic respect to a survivor of one of the most horrific events in human history?

Perhaps the students were just texting their parents, telling them that the event would run a bit long. 10 minutes later, my eyes diverted from Greenblat back to the students. They were still on their phones. This time, I could see the screens being held horizontally—indicating a game or a show was being played. I wanted to get up, smack the distractions out of their hands, and ask them why they thought what they were doing was more important than a Holocaust speaker.

I will not waste any more time writing about the disrespectful few. Because they could not give Greenblat the time of their day, I will not give them mine. Instead, I want to focus on a massive trend my generation has mistakenly indulged ourselves in.

The Greenblat incident is only an example of this phenomenon I find so confusing. From young, it was instilled in me, probably via Chinese tradition, that elders should be respected. It is a title only revoked when unacceptable behavior allows it to be, and is otherwise maintained. I understand that not everybody comes from a background where respect is automatically granted to people. And I see that side of the story.

Why does age automatically warrant respect? It is the fact that they have made it this far, and have interesting stories to tell. There are exceptions, perhaps more than there are inclusions.

But this fact can be determined by the simple act of offering an elderly person your seat on public transportation. Sure, it can be for their health, but within that simple act is a meaningful sacrifice for somebody who has experienced more than you.

Age aside, at Greenblat's talk, majority of the disrespect shown might not have been agist. Instead, it could have been the behavior students just there for the check-in check-out extra credit that multiple classes and clubs were offering. While my teachers who advertised the event stressed the importance of attendance not just for the academic boost, but for the experience, I knew that some of the more distracted students there must have been those selfish, ignorant, solely academic driven cockalorums.

I stay hopeful because majority of my classmates were attentive. We knew to put aside our Chromebooks, regardless of note-taking, and simply listen to what Greenblat had to offer.

It would be wrong to label my generation as entitled— that's a misnomer for the generation before. We are still wavering between the line of automatic respect and earned respect, but we need to set a line for people whom we know the stories of. Especially a Holocaust survivor.

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