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The Stanford rapist has a friend

Honorable Judge Aaron Persky,

It was with great sadness that I read the news about Brock Turner, and the horrible situation that he was involved in. It came as a huge shock to me.

Brock has been a peer of mine since elementary school, and was a very close friend of mine for a few years in high school. He dated one of my very good friends, [name removed], around the same time. In those years, he was always very respectful of everyone. Teachers, classmates, friends, and girls, all alike. He is one of those people that no one has a problem with, and is pretty much good at everything. We all knew he’s swim in the olympics one day. His family is a very respectable family in town. I also know his older sister, Caroline. They all seem like such good kids brought up by two very cool and grounded parents. In all honestly, if I ha to choose one kid I graduated with to be in the position Brock is, it would have never been him. I could name off 5 others that I wouldn’t be surprised about. Brock is such a sweetheart and a very smart kid. I never once caught him harassing anyone, verbally of physically. That would have been out of his character.

It’s pretty frustrating to see the light that people are putting him in now. It used to be “swim star” and now it’s like he is the face of rape on campuses. It’s such a false way to put it. I cannot believe it. I’ve thought a lot about it, and from different angles. I tried to accept that maybe he did intend to harm this girl, but I just couldn’t imagine that was the case. I know rape is a very sensitive subject, for everyone, and especially women. I am not backing it up or making excuses, but there is absolutely no way Brock went out that night with rape on his mind. I think he went to a party and was drinking, like almost every student at a university does, and was flirting with this girl, like he said. The woman recalls how much alcohol she drank, which was a lot. She was no doubt about to black out if not already. I’m sure she and Brock has been flirting at this party and decided to leave together. Just as they did she passes out, which after that many drinks, anyone would. At the same time, Brock, having a few too many drinks himself, is not completely in control of his emotions. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that alcohol increases emotions and feelings. I think this is all a huge misunderstanding. I think that the bikers who found him did the right thing by keeping him there in case he was attempting rape, but that after the investigation, it should have found Brock to be innocent.

Brock is not a monster. He is the furthest thing from anything like that, and I have known him much longer than the people involved in his case. I don’t think it’s fair to base the fate of the next ten+ years of his life on the decision of a girl who doesn’t remember anything but the amount she drank to press charges against him. I am not blaming her directly for this, because that isn’t right. But where do we draw the line and stop worrying about being politically correct every second of the day and see that rape on campuses isn’t always because people are rapists. It is because these universities market themselves as the biggest party schools in the country. They encourage drinking. I think it is disgusting and I am so sick of hearing that these young men are monsters when really, you are throwing barely 20-somethings into these camp-like university environments, supporting partying, and then your mind is blown when things get out of hand. This is completely different from a woman getting kidnapped and raped as she is walking to her car in a parking lot. That is a rapist. These are not rapists. These are idiot boys and girls having too much to drink and not being aware of their surroundings and having clouded judgment. I’m not saying that is every case because I know there are young men that take advantage of young women and vice versa, but I know for a fact that Brock is not one of those people. He is respectful and caring, talented, and smart enough to know better.

Attached is a photo of Brock I took in high school. He has always had that huge, loving smile on his face. The caption is even “d’awwww” because he was always the sweetest to everyone.

I appreciate you taking your time to hear about my past with Brock and my opinion on the matter, and I hope you consider what I’ve said when looking into the sentencing. I would not be writing this letter if I had any doubt in my mind that he is innocent.

Thank you again,

Leslie Rasmussen

Comments

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kakodaimon
Jun. 7th, 2016 03:50 pm (UTC)
Has anyone ever figured out a way to get through to people like the letter-writer?
ginmar
Jun. 7th, 2016 08:32 pm (UTC)
With a two-by-four? This is from a woman, apparently.
tebewilderness
Jun. 7th, 2016 07:13 pm (UTC)
Denial is the first stage of grief
This is a serial rapist with the classic mo. He tests boundaries with every girl at the party until he finds one he can isolate.
It is always upsetting for people to find out that a serial criminal has been so successful at deceiving them for so very long. If they are a decent human being they do not choose to disbelieve a victim because the perp is cute. They are right though, it is not politically correct for men drunk or sober to rape unconscious people no matter who they are, and it isn't legally correct either.
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ginmar
Jun. 7th, 2016 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Denial is the first stage of grief
I once encountered a guy at a diner who began ranting about false child abuse charges after glimpsing a story on the news. As he ranted, though, this guy----the father of the accused molester----inadvertantly painted a picture of a child rapist. He made excuses, he whined....but he described a child rapist, much like this guy's dad claiming it was "twenty minutes of action."
chochiyo_sama
Jun. 8th, 2016 03:44 am (UTC)
If this scum bag was such a "sweetheart" from whence in his dark, shriveled soul did the urge to shove a piece of filthy dumpster garbage inside this woman's body arise?

This sort of depraved indifference to a woman's personhood could not occur to someone as kind and loving and "sweet" as this gullible Twit describes.

People capable of that kind of disgusting action have always been monsters. They just never had the opportunity (since they are cowardly bastards at heart and would have to wait for the ideal, helpless, defenseless victim) OR they have done it before--lots--and just never got caught before.
ginmar
Jun. 8th, 2016 03:52 am (UTC)
Oh, Leslie here is probably one of the cheerleaders these guys always keep around as alibis while they prey on women nobody cares about.
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