A judge’s decision has been described as “too lenient”, in regards to former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner. Turner, 20, was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Last week, Judge Aaron Pesky sentenced Turner to serve six months in jail for three counts of sexual assault, as reported by CBS News. Along with random drug and alcohol testing, he’ll also have to stay away from all alcohol and any places that sell mainly alcohol.
Alcohol, which seems to be ever so present in Brock Turner’s life, has taken more blame for his actions than any other factor. According to CBS News, Turner blamed his actions entirely on alcohol, claiming that it is never his intention to hurt anyone.
“I made a mistake, I drank too much…My poor decision making and excessive drinking hurt someone that night and I wish I could take it all back”, said the former swimmer, as stated in CBS News. More than anything, he played victim to the effects of heavy alcohol consumption, rather than taking responsibility for his actions.
Turner had attended a 2015 fraternity party on Stanford’s campus. That night, witnesses recalled him assaulting the “motionless” victim. One witness claimed that he went to check the victim and found that she was, in fact, unconscious.
In a compelling letter, describing the emotional aftermath of the assault, the victim stated that she doesn’t believe that he should be behind bars. In fact, she’s concerned about his vicious mindset and possible help that he so desperately needs.
The whole situation has sparked public outrage. While some feel as though Judge Pesky should be thrown off the bench, others believe that he handled the case, perfectly. Even on Stanford’s campus, there are people who have showed concern for the victim, while others have targeted her and accused her of lying.