NCJW|LA’s The Talk Project sends compassion to the survivor at Stanford and all survivors whose perpetrators have not been held accountable for their reprehensible actions. Survivors deserve better from courts and from society as a whole.
The survivor had this to say in court:
“He has been found guilty of three serious felonies and it is time for him to accept the consequences of his actions. He will not be quietly excused. He is a lifetime sex registrant. That doesn’t expire. Just like what he did to me doesn’t expire, doesn’t just go away after a set number of years. It stays with me, it’s part of my identity, it has forever changed the way I carry myself, the way I live the rest of my life.”
Click here to read the powerful statement in full.
The Talk Project student volunteers have this to say:
“An awful incident happened and we focused on the assailant. An unjust trial occurred and we focused on the assailant. An insufficient sentence was given and we focused on the assailant. The prison time was shortened and we are still focusing on the assailant. Let’s acknowledge the awful incident, the unjust trial, the insufficient sentence, and the shortened prison time. Let’s acknowledge the fact that a man did something unforgivable. But let’s not focus on it. Let’s not give him the attention he clearly doesn’t deserve. Instead, let’s focus on the the strife of the victim. Let’s be mindful of how we approach this discussion. And let’s focus on the culture that allowed this to occur in the first place, and then do something to fix it.”
-Dani Shulman, 18, Co-Chair of The Talk Project
“When Brock Turner left the party that night he walked away with his victim’s self-security, safety, confidence, and peace of mind. He not only violated her body and mind, but he stole a part of her life away- something that will never be returned. But why is he walking around now only 3 months after he was imprisoned? Why can he go to the drug store, and sleep in his bed, and roam the streets? Because our society has yet to sort out its values. We prioritize the mental health of a rapist over justice. We prioritize reputation over the safety of women. The fact that Brock Turner is currently free is an injustice against this country, his victim, and women everywhere. In the fight for gender equality and justice for sexual assault victims we can either allow this tragedy to bog us down and distract us, or we can continue the fight and allow this to empower us to keep on fighting. Let us be empowered by this injustice to fuel the fire for our fight towards a more equal, safe, and just world.”
-Emily Palbaum, 17, Co-Chair of The Talk Project
“When I found out that Brock Turner was released from jail before his (already) short sentence I was angry and completely heartbroken. The injustice the girl received versus the leniency Brock Turner received shows that we need to continue our fight against rape culture and stand with the many survivors that have received the same injustice this girl received. We will continue to educate ourselves and others and spread our message to all that we stand with each survivor, because we all need to work together to fight the battle against rape culture.”
-Rebeca Josephy, Peer Educator, 17
Violet Trachtenberg at Stanford Commencement (BuzzFeed)
“I am outraged. The moment you chose to rape someone, you lost the right to be anything but a rapist. You don’t deserve the right to start again when your victim can’t sleep at night. You don’t deserve to walk free while your victim can’t even leave the house alone. This is why we need to learn and educate other people about rape culture. By Brock being released after 3 months shows all that there are ways to get away with it. We need to stand with survivors and fight against this.”
-Jenna Rose, Peer Educator, 15
To the Stanford Survivor, we are with you, and we send our compassion and hope that you find peace and healing.