The well-known sex offender Brock Turner was released from California jail on Friday, September 2, after serving a short three months in county jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford University. A group of armed protesters surrounded his family home in Ohio to make him feel “uncomfortable in his own home,” according to The Guardian.
We have already heard his parents’ defense that Turner should not go to jail for merely “20 minutes of action” and of course, alcohol was always the one to blame.
People were outraged and disappointed by this outcome. The news of Brock Turner’s early release was like an open invitation for people who had ever fantasized about rape yet never dared to do it. Because according to this case, I would only get a six-month jail sentence if one day I decide to get Brock Turner drunk and then rape him for 20 minutes.
In that same logic, if I could get it done in less time, I could get less of a sentence. And If I behave myself in jail, my sentence will reduced to half like a cheap Black Friday sale. Just imagine the grin and excitement displayed on the faces of privileged rapists and perverts in America when they figured it out.
Apparently, our criminal justice system is trying to tell us that circumstances are the causes of rape, not the rapists or bad parenting. Even the famous educational institution subtly agreed with them.
According to CNN, Stanford University announced two months after the sentencing of Brock Turner that undergraduate students will no longer be allowed to drink alcohol at on-campus parties. They can still drink beer and wine, and store bottles of hard liquor less than 750 milliliters.
The Director of the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education Ralph Castro stated in a Stanford news release that their “intention is not a total prohibition of a substance, but rather a targeted approach that limits high-risk behavior.”
Great. This solution failed miserably in the Prohibition era, I can’t help to wonder what good would it do now. So hold on tight Stanford, because here comes the booming of campus liquor-smuggling business. The smart ones might even make their own moonshines in the lab. And it just adds more excitement to the parties.
Not to mention, if you are going to take away the possible causes of “high-risk behavior” instead of repeatedly educating your students not to commit them, you’ll have to ban the dumpsters and fraternity houses too. Because the garbage dumpster provided a perfect semi-hidden location for Turner to commit the crime and the fraternity house attracted him there in the first place.
Problem solved. Now everybody just needs to find a new place to throw their trash, perhaps the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education then?
However, we’re logical enough to see that this will not correct the distorted perceptions in our society. We need to recognize that parenting played a bigger role in the Brock Turner case than other matters. When your own parents can’t even recognize the problems in unjust behavior, illegal in this case, there’s much less chance you would grow up to be ethical.