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But although he faced a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison, he was sentenced last week to six months in a county jail and probation.This light sentence provides yet another example of a survivor placing her faith in the criminal justice system, only to find that it cannot deliver the justice she seeks.And as an anti-violence advocate with Know Your IX and a survivor of sexual violence myself, I've seen countless examples of survivors who are revictimized at the hands of the criminal justice system.A victim's search for justice doesn't end once a sentence has been handed down.(Turner doesn't name the violence for what it is: sexual assault of an unconscious woman.He simply refers to "the events of January 17th and 18th.
Covered with blood and pine needles, the victim woke up with little recollection of what had happened.
After a grueling trial, a jury found Brock Turner guilty of three counts of sexual assault.
So the survivor read a powerful statement at Turner's sentencing hearing so that he and his family could understand the full extent of how his violence had affected her and her family.
This letter has since gone viral — a local prosecutor called it "the most eloquent, powerful and compelling piece of victim advocacy that I've seen in my 20 years as a prosecutor." But because we live in a rape culture that routinely dismisses victims, her advocacy was challenged by Brock's father, Dan A.
Turner, who drafted a letter that is full of noxious rape myths.