It has been revealed that convicted rapist Brock Turner’s ex-girlfriend came to his defense during his trial begging the judge for leniency on the “undeserving soul” who “could never deserve this.” The young woman wrote a letter to the judge detailing the “kind and loving” athlete as someone who deserves “nothing but the best.” It appears the judge listened as Turner was sentenced to just six months in jail after sexually assaulting a young woman after a Stanford party, leaving her naked body behind a dumpster.
The Daily Mail reports that Brock Turner had two unlikely allies in his rape case as a former girlfriend and female friend of six years pleaded with the judge for mercy on their friend. Turner’s ex-girlfriend of two years, 20-year-old Lydia Pocisk, says she has been friends with Brock for eight years. She called the athlete “kind and loving” while noting that he was “secretly hilarious.” Pocisk goes so far as to say that she has “never been so angry with God” in all of her life for “instilling such pain on such an undeserving soul.” The ex says she lived in fear of Turner’s sentencing day as “the best guy she has ever gotten to know” may be taken away.
In addition to Lydia Pocisk, a female friend of Turner’s for the past six years, Katie Sickinger, also wrote a letter to the judge outlining Brock as “an incredible talent” who would be denied doing “something meaningful with his life” if he were placed long-term in prison for the rape. The young woman called Brock Turner an “inspiration” and says he was respectful, caring, and sensitive. Sickinger noted that her friend was a “genuinely good soul” and he had “incredible potential” that would be “heartbreaking to see go to waste.”
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While Brock Turner’s family and friends seemed shocked by the allegations against the star athlete, none of the individuals writing leniency requests for the swimmer acknowledged the pain or suffering that his victim experienced at the hands of the Stanford student who, according to his lawyer, made “one bad decision.” With no one speaking up for the victim, the young woman pinned a letter of her own detailing the trials she has faced since the sexual assault and outlines that she has never once received an apology from her assaulter.
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In the powerful letter, the victim notes that she has no recollection of the assault, only the wounds that go along with it.
“When I was told to be prepared in case we didn’t win, I said, I can’t prepare for that. He was guilty the minute I woke up. No one can talk me out of the hurt he caused me. Worst of all, I was warned, because he now knows you don’t remember, he is going to get to write the script. He can say whatever he wants and no one can contest it. I had no power, I had no voice, I was defenseless. My memory loss would be used against me. My testimony was weak, was incomplete, and I was made to believe that perhaps, I am not enough to win this. His attorney constantly reminded the jury, the only one we can believe is Brock, because she doesn’t remember. That helplessness was traumatizing.”
Though the victim could not remember the night in question, there were other witnesses to the horrific assault. Two Swedish students were riding bikes when they saw Brock on top of the victim behind a dumpster, the unconscious woman pressed onto the ground. When the bikers approached Brock Turner to help the woman, he fled on foot but was chased down as the two knew what they saw was assault. Fortunately for the victim, the bikers were able to pin down Brock and she was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
There was enough evidence presented to find Brock Turner guilty of sexual assault, but the judge determined that it would be wrong to rob Turner of the bright future he had ahead of him because of this “one bad decision,” so he decided to give the rapist mercy and only sentenced him to six months in prison. The light sentence has caused backlash across the country with many noting that the judge seemed to ignore the fact that Turner robbed his victim of the life that she had before her.
What do you think about the letters presented to the judge by Brock Turner’s friends? With enough evidence to convict the Stanford student of the sexual assault, should the sentence have been harsher?
[Image by Facebook/Lydia Pocisk/Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office/AP]