Brock Turner’s Statement Is The Worst One Yet, Blaming The Rape On “Party Culture”
You’re going to have to sit down for this one. The Guardian obtained an exclusive copy of Brock Turner’s statement detailing how alcohol made him rape for the court. Yes, Turner was allowed to submit, along with his father and best friends, a plea for mercy after being charged with raping a semi-unconscious woman behind a dumpster. If you were hoping that maybe, just maybe, Turner was feeling really sorry for his sins, think again. Remember how his father was worried about his appetite? And his friends thought he should be let off easy because he was drinking at a frat party? This is worse.
It’s not like he’s Steven Avery, a convicted murderer who’s has maintained for years that he’s innocent. In fact, in his statement Turner admits guilt, writing: “I am the sole proprietor of what happened on the night that these people’s lives were changed forever. I would give anything to change what happened that night.” He’s just doesn’t think he deserves to go to jail for “what happened.” For raping, Brock. You were convicted for raping a woman. Nothing “happened,” you did it. Thunderstorms “happen.” Rapes are perpetrated.
Turner believes he has suffered enough. He can’t sleep without nightmares. He’s very sorry for the “trauma and pain” he has caused the victim. “I wish I had the ability to go back in time and never pick up a drink that night, let alone interact with [redacted],” his letter said.
Turner whines that he has lost two jobs since the conviction and can never be a swimmer, and the statement goes on like this for days as he blames the rape on alcohol, not his own actions. He writes:
“At this point in my life, I never want to have a drop of alcohol again. I never want to attend a social gathering that involves alcohol or any situation where people make decisions based on the substances they have consumed. I never want to experience being in a position where it will have a negative impact on my life or someone else’s ever again.”
It’s all about the alcohol. He doesn’t want to drink, he doesn’t want to party, because…what? He’s scared he’ll unleash his inner rapist? He takes no responsibility here at all. He’s not sorry he raped a woman behind a dumpster — say it again with me, everyone, “He raped a woman behind a dumpster” — but he’s sorry that the booze made him do it.
According to his letter, it’s not his fault. It’s his (and the victim’s, by implication), fault that they were drunk and he raped her. He writes, “My poor decision making and excessive drinking hurt someone that night and I wish I could just take it all back.” Don’t worry, Brock, it sounds like you’ll be able to move on with your life very soon (in six months to be exact).
This next bit is just the icing on the cake. He promises he’ll be really, really, good and not rape from here on out, saying:
“If I were to be placed on probation, I can positively say, without a single shred of doubt in my mind, that I would never have any problem with law enforcement. Before this happened, I never had any trouble with law enforcement and I plan on maintaining that. I’ve been shattered by the party culture and risk taking behavior that I briefly experienced in my four months at school. I’ve lost my chance to swim in the Olympics. I’ve lost my ability to obtain a Stanford degree. I’ve lost employment opportunity, my reputation and most of all, my life. These things force me to never want to put myself in a position where I have to sacrifice everything.”
That fact that this statement potentially led to his lenient sentence makes the sentencing that much worse. Slap that kid in jail and keep him off the streets, because he clearly doesn’t understand anything — about being a human, about being a man, or about being a criminal. He wants to go to schools and talk to kids about “party culture.” How about you talk to them about RAPE CULTURE? Sorry, now I’m screaming.
The Guardian spoke with the victim, whose insightful and powerful letter about her rape and Brock’s entitled defense has gone viral. She said, “People need to know that this way of thinking is dangerous. It’s threatening.” Again, she was able to step out of her own trauma and see the bigger picture and Brock’s dangerous attitude about the rape.
“More than my emotions, it’s my safety, everyone else’s safety,” she said. “It’s not just me feeling sad and defeated. It’s honest fear.” After reading Turner’s statement, it’s likely everyone will feel a little sad and defeated.