First, Brock Turner raped an unconscious young woman behind a dumpster. Then he denied culpability and blamed it on alcohol. His father later begged for leniency for Brock Turner, saying that incarceration would be “a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action.”
And then the judge on the case agreed and sentenced the Stanford rapist to a measly, wrist-slapping sentence of six months in a county jail, saying, “A prison sentence would have a severe impact on [Turner]. I do not think he will be a danger to others.”
Tell that to the young woman who was raped behind a dumpster, Judge Persky.
And just in case none of that was enough to make the public’s blood boil, friends and family of Brock Turner now want you to literally pay for his crime of raping an unconscious woman.
A website has been set up, in the name of the Stanford rapist, soliciting donations in order to cover the legal fees Brock Turner and his family face.
According to WHIO, Turner’s father established a legal support fund with a local credit union after his son was convicted of sexual assault. A jury found Turner guilty on three felony charges stemming from the night he raped his unconscious victim behind a dumpster after a fraternity party at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Turner committed the rape in January of 2015.
Initially, in early May, a woman who described herself as “a lifelong friend, mother and person who has watched this family grow” started a Facebook page titled “Turner Family Support Fund” in an attempt to solicit donations on behalf of Turner’s parents, Dan and Carleen Turner. The page is now defunct, although it can still be viewed in an online cache here. It had about 40 members in total and provided its members with directions on how to donate funds to a Write-Patt Credit Union account in order to “help ease the financial burden that this situation has caused.”
Apparently, being a rapist can be financially taxing. Furthermore, according to Brock’s father, Turner enjoys rib-eye steaks — and those don’t come cheap.
The woman who created the Facebook page posted a plea for financial help and donations on behalf of the Turner family.
“As a lifelong friend, mother and person who was watched [the Turner] family grown, I am reaching out to you on behalf of Dan Turner and Carleen Bradfield Turner. They are dealing with a monumental life-changing and tragic situation with Brock, and their expenses continue to mount. As a mother and friend, I would do anything to help my child and save him. I know that while we are not experiencing what they are feeling, my heart and faith continue to want to help and be supportive.
“I am asking that you donate what you can as every donation not only helps ease the financial burden, but it is also a show of support, friendship and solidarity.”
Showing support, friendship, and solidarity toward Brock Turner, as the Facebook creator said, has turned out to be risky business. Brock’s father has faced harsh criticism and rising backlash over his plea for leniency for his son. Between dismissing his son’s rape of an unconscious woman as “20 minutes of action” to lamenting the fact that his son could no longer enjoy a big, rib-eye steak, the fury over the tone-deaf plea was both quick and righteous.
A childhood friend has also seen similar backlash after submitting a character reference for Brock Turner, which ended up being published in New York Magazine.
“I don’t think it’s fair to base the fate of the next ten plus years of [Brock Turner’s] life on the decision of a girl who doesn’t remember anything but the amount she drank to press charges against him. I am not blaming her directly for this, because that isn’t right. But where do we draw the line and stop worrying about being politically correct every second of the day and see that rape of campuses isn’t always because the people are rapists.”
According to logic, however, the cause of rape is directly related to the presence of rapists.
Because of her blatant victim blaming, the childhood friend, who is a member of a band called Good English, was uninvited from several upcoming performances in New York and Ohio.
As for the account, when the Wright-Patt Credit Union was contacted, a customer service representative was able to confirm that Dan Turner, the father of Brock Turner, had created the account for fundraising deposits and that the credit union account is still active even though the Facebook page has been pulled down. There is no word on how much the account may have accumulated, and according to WHIO, the person who originally created the Facebook page in order to solicit donations did not return a request for comment.
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