Brock Turner’s dad says his son shouldn’t have to pay for “20 minutes of action,” laments his failing appetite
Brock Turner’s dad wrote an impact statement of his own, in the form of a letter he sent to Judge Persky ahead of sentencing. It’s so unbelievably tone deaf, it’s not hard to understand why his son doesn’t seem to think assaulting an unconscious body is wrong in any way. He’s never apologized for it. He’s only apologized for drinking. And his father seems confused that his son has to serve any time at all for assaulting a woman.
This letter is a mass of victim-blaming garbage that shows no one in this family has any remorse for what has happened. Trigger warning: every horrific victim-blaming stereotype exists here.
— Michele Dauber (@mldauber) June 5, 2016
“Brock’s life has been deeply altered forever by the events of January 17th and 18th… his every waking moment is consumed with worry, anxiety, fear, and depression,” the letter begins. “You can see this in his face, the way he walks, his weakened voice, his lack of appetite… I was always excited to buy a big ribeye steak to grill or to get his favorite snack for him. 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 a long swim practice. Now he barely consumes any food and eats only to exist.”