Earlier this week, former Stanford student Brock Turner was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, and people are outraged over his light sentence to spend mere six months in jail.
Turner’s rape trial has garnered national attention for perfectly illustrating white privilege and victim blaming, and even those who once supported Turner are now realizing that he is definitely not the victim in the situation.
Kelly Owens, Brock’s former high school guidance counselor, praised the swimmer in a letter to Judge Aaron Persky during the case — nothing that he was an “exceptional student” and “a young man of character” who was “absolutely undeserving of the outcome.”
Now, after learning of Turner’s laughable sentencing (and the public’s reaction to it), Owens regrets supporting the 20-year-old sex offender.
On Wednesday, she issued an apology to her school district and Oakwood High School, writing:
“In the statement I submitted to the judge during the criminal proceedings and before sentencing referencing Brock’s character, I made a mistake. Of course he should be held accountable. I pray for the victim, her family and all those affected by this horrible event. I am truly sorry for the additional pain my statement has caused. I tell my students they have to be accountable, and Brock is no exception.”
At least she’s owning up to her mistake!
Another apologetic character witness is Leslie Rasmussen, member of indie rock band Good English, who went to school with Turner.
After getting extreme backlash and cancelled venues for supporting Turner, the 20-year-old posted on Facebook how she regretted defending her former classmate, noting “it has never been more clear to me that I still have much to learn.”
While Brock’s light sentence is surely an injustice, how the court handled this case — along with the victim’s powerful words — seems to at least be changing the conversation on how these sexual assault cases are viewed.
Read Rasmussen’s full post (below)!
[Image via Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.]