Letters to the Editor

‘20 minutes of action’

The lenient sentence given to Brock Turner, the Stanford student who was caught raping an unconscious young woman, has caused worldwide outrage and much has been written about how and why this happened. As I read the comments of his father who felt that his son should not be punished for “20 minutes of action” I could not help but think about the fact that this young man came from a privileged background and was enrolled in one of the top universities in the world which he liked because of all the partying that went on there.

Was there ever a time when his highly educated father ever talked to him about what it means to be a real man? I was raised to believe that a real man or gentleman is one who should protect women who are in a vulnerable situation. It is true that the woman he raped had passed out due to excessive drinking and he saw his chance of getting from her while drunk the “action” that she would never have consented to giving him while sober. Instead he dragged her behind a dumpster and enjoyed his “20 minutes of action.”

Stanford characterizes itself as the prestigious university where tomorrows leaders will be trained. Really? Are they referring to Brock Turner. I sure hope not!

Francis W. Reuterman, Belleville