Brock Turner's Victim Speaks Out About His Sentence


Last spring, Stanford freshman Brock Turner was found guilty of three felony counts of sexual assault after he was found raping an unconscious, unidentified woman behind a dumpster on January 17, 2015.

He faced a maximum sentence of 14 years. The judge gave him six, saying the prison sentence would have a "severe impact on him."

He was free in just three months.

To put that in perspective, he was in prison for sexual assault for less time than his former Stanford peers were off for summer break.

Before the sentence was announced, the anonymous survivor read a letter out loud in the courtroom. In it, she spoke directly to her attacker.


BuzzFeed published the transcript of it in full after the sentencing. The letter was widely shared because of its heartbreakingly brave and powerful articulation of what's wrong with our country.

In the statement, she explained her decision to remain anonymous, saying,

Her statement is, with no exaggeration, one of the most remarkable things I've ever read, and our country needs words like this like a creature dying of thirst needs water.

Now, she has spoken out again. It's the first time since the controversial sentencing, when Brock was given a slap on the wrist for his actions.

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department/REUTERS

In her new statement, she explains how at first, she regretted speaking out in court so passionately, seeing as it seemingly made no difference in the sentencing that followed.

But then the transcript of her statement was released to the public, and she watched it spread quickly across the world. Her story shook us all.

It was her words that rang in our ears when Trump said "grab her by the pussy." And it was her words we paraphrased, even without knowing it, when we rose up to protest those who defended him.

Her follow up to the court statement is infused with as much power, intelligence and compassion as the first, and its come when this country most desperately needs it.

I'm going to include her statement in full, below. Breaking it up would not just be a disservice to her, but to us. It's important.

Citations: Glamour