Earlier this week, the father of Brock Turner — the former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault — wrote a letter to the court in support of his son.
In the letter, Dan Turner asked for leniency in his son’s rape conviction, saying Brock didn’t deserve to be a registered sex offender and spend six months in jail for “20 minutes of action.”
Needless to say, the plea has sparked even more outrage for downplaying the sexual assault of an unconscious woman behind a dumpster — especially after the embarrassingly light sentence Turner received.
One of the more vocal responses to Dan’s letter comes from another father — pastor John Pavlovitz from Raleigh, North Carolina.
In a blog post titled To Brock Turner’s Father, From Another Father, Pavlovitz explains to Dan Turner that Brock was “not the victim” in this scenario, but in fact the “damager.”
The pastor noted that Brock’s life has been “deeply altered” because he “made a reprehensible choice to take advantage of someone for his own pleasure,” writing:
“This young woman will be dealing with this for far longer than the embarrassingly short six months your son is being penalized. She will endure the unthinkable trauma of his ’20 minutes of action’ for the duration of her lifetime, and the fact that you seem unaware of this fact is exactly why we have a problem.”
The letter highlights that Dan Turner’s cavalier attitude towards his son’s crimes is the perfect illustration of why white privilege is real and why “so many men believe that they can do whatever they please to a woman’s body without accountability.”
Pavlovitz also brings attention to the fact that while this may have been Brock’s first sexual assault, he is — by definition — a sex offender, and should be punished as such. He continued:
“The idea that your son has never violated another woman next to a dumpster before isn’t a credit to his character. We don’t get kudos for only raping one person in our lifetime. I don’t believe your son is a monster but he acted like one and that needs to be accounted for.”
He ends the powerful letter by urging parents to be better than Dan Turner, who needs to love his son enough “to teach him to own the terrible decisions he’s made.”
Read the full blog post HERE!
[Image via Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.]