Women Unite For Stanford Rape Victim
Posted On Jun 09, 2016
After a year of trial, Brock Turner, Stanford student and standout swimmer, was sentenced to six months in jail for the sexual assault of an unconscious woman. The (anonymous) victim who asked for a six-year sentence for her attacker, read an open letter to him after his sentencing. It was 12 pages of heartbreaking, goosebump inducing words that put you right inside the victim’s head.
These are the type of words that change you forever. Reading the detailed version of what happened to her before the incident, at the hospital the next day, and for a year after the fact is piercingly profound. This letter is the kick in the butt we as a society need- something that will finally help people understand the many implications of rape. It’s not just what happens at a party after too much alcohol. It is a man taking advantage of a girl when she is most vulnerable. It is predator and prey.
One in four women will be sexually abused in their lifetime. Look around right now- if there are ten women in your vicinity, two of them has or will be raped or sexually assaulted. How can this be? At what point are we going to do something about this?
Sexual assault has been happening since the beginning of time, but now we are finally starting to shift into an era where it will not be tolerated. Let it be known, 2016 is the era of the woman. Women are coming together, speaking out and supporting each other to make a change happen. Celebrities, strangers, and anyone with Internet connection has come to emotionally support the Stanford victim. Today, Lena Dunham and the cast of Girls released a PSA in response to her letter. Lena tweeted, “I dedicate this to the brave survivor in the Stanford case who has given so much to change the conversation.” Watch the video here.
This isn’t the first instance of support against assault this year, either. Kesha spoke out against her attacker, and the world came to her side to stand with her. Lady Gaga’s responded to Kesha’s case at the 2016 Oscars with an emotional performance of “Til’ It Happens to You” highlighting the pain of sexual assault with survivors stepping forward together. For too long victims have been taught to kept quiet, but we aren’t going to let them be silenced anymore.
Despite the unfair repercussions that Brock Turner received, the judicial ignorance, and the extreme emotional turmoil she has faced- the brave young girl raised her voice, and she was heard. And for that, we, the women of the world are extremely thankful.
Here’s to a world where the sexual assault rate diminishes exponentially… we can get there one voice at a time.