Joe Biden has joined legions of people who have come out in support of the young Stanford rape victim who was brutally attacked by Brock Turner in January 2015. Turner had subsequently been convicted of the vicious rape and assault of the young unidentified woman, but a judge only gave him six months in jail for his crime.
In an open letter that Joe Biden gave to BuzzFeed News, the vice president of the United States expressed his sincere regret that the young lady had to endure such a tragic circumstance at the hands of a clearly demented and self-entitled man.
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) June 9, 2016
It was clear right from the onset of this letter that Joe Biden wanted to punctually address the young lady for her courage, but also show her that her actions and willingness to overcome and speak to the masses proves that she is leading a crusade on behalf of all rape victims that have succumbed to American rape culture, which is thriving on college campuses all around the nation, including Stanford.
“I am in awe of your courage for speaking out — for so clearly naming the wrongs that were done to you and so passionately asserting your equal claim to human dignity,” Joe Biden said in his open letter to the Stanford rape victim. “And I am filled with furious anger — both that this happened to you and that our culture is still so broken that you were ever put in the position of defending your own worth.”
— Raw Story (@RawStory) June 9, 2016
It does seem puzzling that even though Joe Biden is the vice president of the United States, there is nothing more he can do in regard to the sentence that Brock Turner was given, which equated to little more than a slap on the wrist.
“You are a warrior — with a solid steel spine,” Joe Biden described the young lady who was the subject of this open letter. “I do not know your name — but I know that a lot of people failed you that terrible January night and in the months that followed.”
The statistics for college rape are staggering to say the least. As Joe Biden pointed out in his open letter, one in five women are subject to sexual assaults while on a college campus. It is also a bit unnerving to realize that those statistics have been maintained over the years and the culture of rape on college campuses have been given a blind eye by the young people who attend as well as the administrators who essentially cover them up.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) June 9, 2016
But there was an upside to this horrible, tragic story. As Joe Biden clearly wrote, there is enough reason to think that people in society are just as capable of good as they are of evil. This rape may have never been solved had it not been for two people who just so happened to ride along while the crime was taking place.
“I do not know your name — but thanks to you, I know that heroes ride bicycles,” Joe Biden wrote in the letter. “Those two men who saw what was happening to you — who took it upon themselves to step in — they did what they instinctually knew to be right. They did not say ‘It’s none of my business.’ They did not worry about the social or safety implications of intervening, or about what their peers might think. Those two men epitomize what it means to be a responsible bystander.”
What was perhaps most empowering about Joe Biden’s letter was that he spoke the truth in regard to how the young lady’s courage to fight and pursue her attacker would inspire millions around the country, and the world, to stand up to rape culture and force sexual predators to rethink their actions before they commit their crimes.
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