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Who Is Brock Turner? The Sex Offender Who Women In Ohio Are Warning Each Other About

Who Is Brock Turner? The Sex Offender Who Women In Ohio Are Warning Each Other About

Turner is a former Stanford University student who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.

Trigger Warning: The following story contains details of sexual assault that might be disturbing for readers.

Brock Turner is going viral on the internet again after being convicted of sexual assault in 2016. 

Turner was sentenced to only six months of jail despite the prosecutor's argument that he should be given a sentence of six years, per CNN. A jury found him guilty on three counts in March 2016: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person, and penetration of an unconscious person. The prosecution argued that Turner should be sentenced to six years in state prison, according to Deputy District Attorney Alaleh Kianerci, pointing out that he lacked remorse and his victim was especially vulnerable in her unconscious state.

 



 

 

Turner was released just three months into his sentence, under a law that provides inmates with credits for the time served. However, he was required to register as a sex offender as he returned to the suburbs of Dayton, Ohio. He will also be expected to register again every 90 days and anyone living within 1,250 feet of Turner's address will be notified with a postcard. He is prohibited from residing within 1,000 feet of any schools or playgrounds.

The former Stanford University student is now making headlines again. Women are using the registry he was added to and are warning each other of his presence, reports Vice. A Facebook post relating to Turner reads, "Brock Turner is now living in the Dayton, Ohio, area. He is frequenting bars in the area. Do not let him leave with an intoxicated woman. Inform the women of who he is. Inform the bartender, bouncers. Brock Turner does not belong in public."

 



 

 

Another post mentioning the former swimmer reads, "Just trying to spread awareness that this [email protected] is back in our midst. Please tell your female and femme-presenting friends, family members, co-workers, literally everyone. This man does not deserve peace,"

The state's sex offender registration does not publicly indicate when persons register or re-register. However, Turner is from Ohio and has been reported to live there for years. The re-emergence of these warnings comes six years after Turner's conviction and years after the #MeToo movement amplified the consequences of sex crimes. These warnings also indicate that women are still relying on "whisper networks" for their safety when the justice system fails them.

A social media post mentions, "It’s scary to know that these types of ‘men’ get a slap on the wrist (if that) and then get to go on about their lives as if nothing happened. Please be vigilant, ladies. We are not safe." Another woman spoke on TikTok, "Put everybody on high alert." 

 



 

 

Most sexual abusers are never seen inside a courtroom, let alone a jail cell. Only 25 of 1,000 sexual assaults result in the offender being imprisoned, according to RAINN. 

Some of the comments appear to go beyond caution and into anger. People have provided Turner's purported exact residence, automobile information, and workplace. They've proposed that people conduct a "field trip" to Turner's house because eggs and toilet paper are inexpensive. 



 

 

Turner's case became viral after his victim decided to identify herself and read an impact statement during the trial. She also wrote a memoir in 2019 and spoke up about how, after going through the justice system, she felt victimized all over again. She said during her statement, "I was pummeled with narrowed, pointed questions that dissected my personal life, love life, past life, family life, inane questions, accumulating trivial details to try and find an excuse for this guy who had me half naked before even bothering to ask for my name." 

She wrote in her memoir titled Know My Name: A Memoir, "I will use Brock’s name, but the truth is he could be Brad or Brody or Benson, and it doesn’t matter. The point is not their individual significance, but their commonality, all the people enabling a broken system."

References:

https://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/02/us/brock-turner-release-jail/index.html

https://www.vice.com/en/article/3adany/brock-turner-tiktok-ohio-rape

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/katiejmbaker/heres-the-powerful-letter-the-stanford-victim-read-to-her-ra

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