The statement from the father of the former Stanford student who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman at a party provoked a national firestorm when it was released. Brock Allen Turner's father, pleading with the judge for leniency for his son, reportedly wrote that incarceration was "a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action."
Not once did the statement address how Turner's actions affected the unconscious woman he was convicted of sexually assaulting behind a dumpster last year, nor was it truthful in naming what Turner did to her.
So one woman, Ali Ozeri, decided to edit Turner's father's statement to more accurately reflect Turner's actions.
Ozeri's version, with edits in bold, reads:
As it stands now, Brock's life has been deeply altered forever by the events (raping an unconscious woman) of Jan 17th and 18th. He will never be his happy go lucky self with that easy going personality and welcoming smile that was there the whole time he was raping a young woman thinking he wouldn't get caught. His every waking minute is consumed with not taking responsibility for the rape he committed. You can see this in his face, the way he walks, the fact that he took the girl he raped to trial and blamed it on her, his weakened voice, his lack of appetite. Brock always enjoyed certain types of food before he raped someone and and is a very good cook himself. I was always excited to buy him a big rib eye steak to grill, but it just wasn't the same after he raped an innocent young woman. I had to make sure to hide some of my favorite pretzels or chips because I knew they wouldn't be around long after Brock walked in from swim practice, but these cute details don't have anything to do with the rape he committed. Now he barely consumes any foods and eats only to existed because he screwed his own life and many other lives up by raping someone. The verdicts have broken and shattered him and our family in so many ways, because our son is now a rapist. His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve, the one where he gets to rape a beautiful strong human being and then go back to his swim meet. This is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action i.e. raping someone one out of his 20 plus years of life. This isn't like the three second rule for food, rape still counts no matter how many seconds it lasts. This is rape. The fact that he now has to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life forever alters where he can live, visit, work, rape, and how he will be able to interact with people who don't want to be raped and organizations who don't want their employees to be raped. What I know as his father is that incarceration is not the punishment for Brock, but a longer punishment meant for a rapist. He has no prior criminal history (aside from this rape) and has never been violent to anyone (except for the rape) including his "actions" (and you know what that means - rape) on the night of Jan 17th 2015. Bringing up the fact that this was only his first rape is like bringing up that it's somebody's first murder or first terror attack, so it's still a crime. Brock can do so many positive things as a contributor to society, but instead he chose to rape someone, and is totally committed to educating other college students about the dangers of alcohol consumption and sexual promiscuity, which is irrelevant because he should be talking about how he shouldn't have raped someone. By having people like Brock educate others on college campuses is how society can begin to break the cycle of drinking and its unfortunate results and get misinformation from a rapist with a light sentence. Probation is the best answer for Brock in this situation and allows him to give back to society in an unjust and seriously creepy way. Very respectfully and Ignorantly, Dan A. (father of a rapist) Turner
The appalling incident was laid out in painful detail by the survivor, who spoke directly to her attacker, Turner, in court.
To make matters worse, the judge handed Turner a measly six months of jail time and probation, fearing that a longer sentence would "severely impact" the 20-year-old. But Turner's father's statement to the judge, which multiple news outlets have confirmed to be true, was perhaps what caused the most outrage.
Unfiltered anger reverberated across the country at what many called a blatant display of rape culture. Many were in disbelief that Turner's father's failed to address what his son did to the survivor, instead focusing on how his "20 minutes of action" affected his formerly bright future and current appetite for steaks.
(When The Huffington Post reached out to the older Turner for comment on the furor that his statement had caused, he said he had been "misinterpreted." He said he was "not referring to sexual activity by the word 'action.'")
Chris Taylor at Mashable wrote in an opinion piece:
Rape culture is a thing. I'm sorry if you bristle at that notion, guys, but it just is. Any time you put the onus on our daughters — don't wear that dress, don't get drunk, don't lead guys on — you're perpetuating it. Any time you make a rape joke, you're perpetuating it. And any time you miss an opportunity to educate our sons about the concept of consent — even if you prefer to talk abstinence because you're not comfortable talking about sex, or if you just say something vague that conflates drunkenness and rape — you're perpetuating it.