Brock Turner is in a criminal law textbook on the definition of rape
We all lived through the coverage of the 'Stanford swimmer' sexual assault case, where Brock Turner raped an unconscious woman behind a dumpster in a heinous crime where his wealthy and privileged background swooped in to grant him a top-notch legal defense.
Turner is free today, having served an extremely brief sentence after his conviction, but a photograph surfaced on Imgur, and later went viral on Twitter, featuring a criminology textbook with Brock Turner's face on it. He is quite literally now the definition of rape.
It's like the ultimate Scarlet Letter, except he actually deserves it. Raping an unconscious woman is a crime only available to the most sociopathic among us, and those sociopaths should not be able to live the free and joyful lives that they have denied to their victims.
Twitter erupted into joy at the sight of it:
Twitter users began sharing the photographs en masse, in disbelief to see poetic justice unfold on the timeline before their very eyes. It was a wondrous thing to see on a website usually inundated with nothing but bad news.
Concerns were raised on Twitter that this was a fake, some kind of photoshop. But Snopes.com has happily debunked the theory. This is for real. According to Snopes, the book, Introduction to Criminal Justice, 2nd Ed., it's completely real, and is for sale on both Google Books and Amazon. A Denver professor named Callie Marie Rennison is the author of the textbook, so you have her to thank for this piece of poetic justice.
It may be the first Introduction to Criminal Justice textbook worth purchasing by a non-student! If only to see the novelty of this major figure in American injustice, Brock Turner, be shamed in print for all of eternity, his face inscribed for all to see as the name and image of the crime he committed.
Brock Turner, of course, got a slap on the wrist instead of a full damning sentence that others would have received for the same crime. Turner was sentenced to only six months in prison, and he got out after serving half that number.
He was convicted of three felonies and got a tiny sentence. Unreal, right?
His accuser, known only as Emily Doe, had some powerful words on the subject of his release:
“You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today. The damage is done, no one can undo it. And now we both have a choice. We can let this destroy us, I can remain angry and hurt, and you can be in denial, or we can face it head on. I accept the pain, you accept the punishment, and we move on.”
At least Brock will both be registered as a sex offender and written into criminal law textbooks as the rapist he is for all of recorded time. That has to count for some kind of justice.