While Brock Turner's friends and family had penned letters vouching for his character, Vice President Joe Biden is now writing his own letter supporting the survivor the Stanford University swimmer sexually assaulted.
The 73-year-old explained that her emotional statement about her assault is "forever seared" on his soul, writing:
"I am in awe of your courage for speaking out — for so clearly naming the wrongs that were done to you and so passionately asserting your equal claim to human dignity.
And I am filled with furious anger — both that this happened to you and that our culture is still so broken that you were ever put in the position of defending your own worth.
It must have been wrenching — to relive what he did to you all over again. But you did it anyway, in the hope that your strength might prevent this crime from happening to someone else. Your bravery is breathtaking.
You are a warrior — with a solid steel spine."
We completely agree. Speaking up and sharing her shocking story was incredibly inspiring and brave.
But President Barack Obama's second-in-command also explained that "a lot of people failed [her]" on the night she was attacked, adding: