Published in Catalogue, 2016
The case of Brock Turner’s sexual assault of an unconscious 22 year-old woman has set the Internet ablaze in recent weeks with an onslaught of outrage and frustration that such an abhorrent crime could see such minimal consequence.
The story received such widespread international attention largely due to the anonymous victim’s letter published earlier this month by Palo Alto Online and consequently a Buzzfeed reporter. The letter detailed the full extent of the trauma and anguish the victim experienced as a result of Turner’s actions on the night of January 18th, 2015, as she lay unconscious on the ground behind a dumpster following a fraternity party.
The coverage of the case has since been riddled with controversies, including a quote from Turner’s father diminishing the sexual crime his son perpetrated to “20 minutes of action”, while Turner’s own childhood friend and drummer of (now vastly spurned band) Good English, penned a public letter bizarrely contemplating where to draw the line and “stop worrying about being politically correct every second of the day and see that rape on campuses isn’t always because people are rapists”. Both quotes are deplorable examples of the ‘kids-being-kids’ (and the even worse, ‘boys-being-boys’) justification that is too often witnessed following heinous crimes such as these.