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20 minutes of action: Journalists rip apart letter of father defending his rapist son

Dan Turner says the punishment is too harsh for his son who has forgotten to be his "happy go lucky self with easy going personality and welcoming smile."

By: Express Web Desk |
Updated: June 7, 2016 2:11:54 pm
Dan Turner, father of Brock Turner, writes letter to judge asking him to lenient on his son Dan Turner, father of Brock Turner, writes letter to judge asking to be lenient on his son

In January 2015, 20-year-old Brock Allen Turner, swimmer at Stanford University, California sexually assaulted an inebriated, unconscious girl who penned a powerful letter to her rapist on Thursday after he was sentenced to six months in county jail and probation. The woman is annoyed and disappointed at the “light” sentence given to Turner given the trauma she has gone through, she told Buzzfeed News.

His father Dan Turner wrote a letter to Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Pesky asking to be considerate for his son as he believes it’s a “steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20-plus years of life.” The father is not helping the public opinion on this case and social media is outraged at the letter.

Journalist Lauren Duca tweeted the letter which has since then gone viral. She calls it “RAPE CULTURE” and writes, “Brock Turner’s dad is sad he only got “20 minutes of action” & doesn’t even like eating steaks anymore.”

In his letter, Dan Turner says the punishment is too harsh for his son who has forgotten to be his “happy go lucky self with easy going personality and welcoming smile.”

Another journalist Alexandra Ozeri found the letter extremely disagreeable and decided to “fix” it. She added the context and her own understanding of the case and tweeted the letter. “Here, I fixed his letter (changes in bold),” she writes.

In her version of the letter, she hits at the man in her sardonic tone referring to the event as “raping an unconscious woman” with a welcoming smile “that was there the whole time he was raping a young woman thinking he wouldn’t get caught”. The father constantly talks about how good a student Brock is — which the journalist says is “irrelevant because he should be talking about how he shouldn’t have raped someone.”

“Bringing up the fact that this was only his first rape is like bringing up that it’s somebody’s first murder or terrorist attack, so it’s still a crime,” Ozeri writes.

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