Brock Turner's Mom Wrote To The Judge And Didn't Even Mention Her Son's Victim
Like her husband, the mother of former Stanford University swimmer and convicted rapist Brock Turner wrote a letter asking for leniency for her son.
Like her husband, Turner's mother ignored her son's victim.
In a three-and-a-half page note to Judge Aaron Perksy, who presided over the 20-year-old's sexual assault case, Carleen Turner wrote,
Mrs. Turner proceeded to write at length about what Brock means to her and made an effort to assert the positive qualities he displayed throughout life: how he dedicated himself to swimming, how he dedicated himself to overcoming troubles with learning and how he treated classmates and a girlfriend.
But, nothing in her letter discussed how Turner treated his victim or the horror the victim described in her own open letter. Instead, Mrs. Turner's letter lamented the horror her family experienced since January 2015 when Turner committed his crime.
While the length of Brock Turner's sentence prompted outrage, Mrs. Turner's letter labeled the verdict "awful, horrible, terrible, gut-wrenching, life-changing."
In some ways, her letter actually mirrored that of her son's victim, a woman who, while unconscious, was sexually assaulted by Brock behind a dumpster.
The 23-year-old victim wrote,
Mrs. Turner, too, wrote of loss,
Turner's mother ultimately pleaded for the judge to show even more leniency for her son, writing she fears "for his lifelong safety."
The fact she made this plea without considering the damage her own son inflicted on a helpless victim, though, only continues a trend that has been the theme of Brock and his family: a total lack of regard for a woman who was preyed upon.