Stanford Students Use Graduation Ceremony To Protest Convicted Rapist Brock Turner’s Ridiculously Light Sentence

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For things to change, people must be active about their beliefs.

And that’s exactly what some Stanford University students did over the weekend, using the school’s graduation ceremony as their outlet to protest what they believe is the campus’ protection of rapists, as well as lashing out over his light sentence.

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Students held up a variety of signs protesting the vexing sentence, as well as the college’s lack of security.

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That sign was held up by a woman named Violet Trachtenberg, a senior who was graduating over the weekend and wanted to take part in a protest on campus that was very close to her heart.

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As she points out, this is not typical for the northern California school:

“It’s scary to know the powerful places Stanford students will go, and it’s scary to know that there are people graduating on Sunday who don’t know about consent. There are Brock Turners walking across the stage [at commencement.] Most Stanford students are not supportive of activism. People think protesting is ungrateful. I think it’s the opposite. It’s how we show we care. This is about holding the institution, which has given me so much, accountable for the violence it enacts and the violence it condones. I consider this my final act of love for Stanford.”

Wow!

It wasn’t just Trachtenberg, though…

Michelle Dauber, a law professor at Stanford who happens to be a friend of the victim’s family, noted just how unusual the visible protests really were:

“We don’t get student protests at Stanford. Students at Stanford are very conservative ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ it is not a school known for activism. So for students to launch a campaign like this ├óΓé¼┬ª. I read this as a sign of the total lack of confidence or trust in the administration. I would say trust is at an all-time low.”

No kidding…

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In addition to protests on the ground and among grads, there was even a plane flying overhead at the ceremony with a very pointed message aimed at Judge Aaron Persky, the man who let Turner off with just a six-month prison sentence (below):

In full, the banner reads (below):

Protect survivors not rapists, #PerskyMustGo

Obviously, it’s referring to Judge Persky, which is something that has been long in the works among those who would like to see the lenient lawmaker get the boot.

Regardless, a very inneresting graduation ceremony, especially by Stanford standards.

[Image via Brianne Hunstman/Violet Trachtenberg/Twitter.]

Jun 13, 2016 12:33pm PDT

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