This 'OITNB' Scene May Explain Why Brock Turner Doesn't Think He's A Rapist
Aside from being so poorly written it acts as a crime against literacy, the statement Brock Turner composed and read aloud at his June 2 sentencing hearing for the sexual assault of an unconscious 23-year-old woman had one glaring issue: Turner accepted no responsibility for his actions.
Instead, the swimmer blamed friends, “the heat of the moment” and, predominantly, alcohol for the rape he perpetrated.
In a portion of the statement, in which a blindsided Turner attempted to express regret for his actions, the self-pitying attacker penned a series of self-involved lamentations about his newly altered life, with little regard for the feelings of the assault's survivor.
One more time, for the cheap seats,
I, I, I. Me, me, me. Alcohol, alcohol, alcohol.
In the wake of Turner's tone-deaf statement, and the heart-wrenching, eloquently penned response from his victim, many began to question how an attacker could be so blatantly unaware of the toxicity of their concrete, physical actions.
In the fourth episode of the fourth season of “Orange Is the New Black,” released on Netflix late last week, an interaction between inmate Pennsatucky and the prison guard who raped her in season three offers viewers a glimpse of the very ignorance displayed in Turner's statement.
When Pennsatucky bravely confronts Officer Coates about her rape, he is visibly astounded.
Immediately, it is evident how little Coates read into any of his interactions with the woman he claims to "love" so dearly.
Both Turner and Coates consider only their own feelings when approaching intimacy, rendering the reactions of the women they take senseless advantage of a non-issue.
Coates told Pennsatucky he loved her. Turner kissed his victim for five seconds while she was conscious. To these men, consent is subjective.