Mr. Speaker, last year, Stanford rapist and champion swimmer Brock Turner was sentenced to a mere 6 months in prison for his disgusting crime: raping an unconscious young woman behind a dumpster in the darkness of night.
The judge claimed a prison sentence would have ‘‘a severe impact on him.’’ Never mind that a rape victim sometimes gets a life sentence of mental turmoil and anguish.
But apparently, the light punishment is still too tough for the rapist and his daddy dearest. Now they have gone crying and appealing to the courts, trying to avoid the designation that Turner earned as a registered sex offender.
Daddy’s high-dollar legal team is claiming the victim was intoxicated and Turner should get more leniency. It is the old defense: it was the victim’s fault.
The fact the victim was intoxicated and unconscious makes the crime worse. She was helpless.
She could not consent or fight back. Rape is never the fault of the victim—never.
Uphold the conviction and give Brock Turner the only title he deserves: sex offender and poster boy for rape.
And that is just the way it is.