Ever since Brock Turner, a then-swimmer at Stanford University, was accused and convicted of the sexual assault and attempted rape of a woman at a Stanford University party and sentenced to six months in prison, the case has been one of the most discussed sexual assault cases in the U.S., inciting debates about rape, feminism, class privilege, and mandatory minimum sentences.
Now that Turner has been released from jail on September 2, after three months, these questions are being debated again. Feminists and black liberal activists think his sentence was too short because of bias in favor of his gender and race. Anti-feminists and MRAs think his sentence was too long. Some even think he was unjustly railroaded. Was Brock Turner a victim of a campus rape hysteria wherein he was accused of rape after having consensual sex?
The argument hinges of Turner’s version of events. In this version, the two of them met at a party, both were wasted, they decided to go to his house, she, being drunk, fell behind a dumpster, he got consent to initiate sexual contact and did so.
Yet, even if you believe Turner’s uncorroborated version of events, he was no victim. Why was he trying to have sex with a stranger he just met for the first time who was too drunk to walk? Why, when she fell behind a dumpster, did he take her pants down and insert himself (his fingers, hence the reason rape charges were dropped) when she was on a rough surface?
The victim (“Jane Doe”) reported having no memory of any of this, so even if she did make verbal or non-verbal indications of consent, she was not in a state to consent.
Moreover, there is evidence from other witnesses and phone records, not just from Turner and the victim. The witnesses who saw Turner on top of Doe stated that she was unconscious and asked what the hell he was doing before chasing him down and holding him. The victim’s blood alcohol concentration was measured at 0.12 at the hospital that morning and estimated to have been 0.22 or higher at the time of the events.
According to a popular summary of BAC levels shared by the University of Oklahoma’s police on its website:
0.20 BAC: Feeling dazed/confused or otherwise disoriented. May need help to stand/walk. If you injure yourself you may not feel the pain. Some people have nausea and vomiting at this level. The gag reflex is impaired and you can choke if you do vomit. Blackouts are likely at this level so you may not remember what has happened.
0.25 BAC: All mental, physical and sensory functions are severely impaired. Increased risk of asphyxiation from choking on vomit and of seriously injuring yourself by falls or other accidents.
The victim left an incoherent voicemail on her boyfriend’s phone at 1 am, which jurors cited as evidence of the fact that she was not able to think clearly or make decisions.
And yet there are male versions of feminists who are angry that a man had to go to jail just because he supposedly got her to agree to let him have sex with her behind a dumpster when she was dead drunk. Well, here are some lessons for you guys: Don’t make out with random women you barely know in public places, let alone behind a dumpster. Don’t have sex with a woman who is too drunk to consent.
Turner blamed his sexual assault of a women on Stanford’s “party culture” for making him too drunk to control himself (he had an estimated BAC of 0.17 at 1 am). It wasn’t “culture” that made him drink 9 beers and 2 shots of whisky. If you can’t control yourself when you’re drunk, then don’t get so damn drunk. Turner is no victim; he’s a criminal who is trying to escape personal responsibility.