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Brock Turner Is Now the Literal Textbook Example of Rape

When Brock Turner was convicted on three felony counts last summer (assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person and sexual penetration of an unconscious person), he was sentenced to only six months in prison, with the expectation (now fulfilled) that he would be released after three. To pretty much everyone except Turner’s direct relatives and fellow rapists, this was a huge blow to the hope of justice for sexual assault victims.

But while Turner might be out of prison, here’s a bright spot we can revel in to our justice-seeking, schadenfreudic hearts’ content: in a new addition to a Criminal Justice 101 text, he is the literal textbook definition of rape.

One student posted a picture of her textbook to Facebook:

(image: Facebook)

That caption, from Introduction to Criminal Justice: Systems, Diversity, and Change by Callie Marie Rennsion & Mary Dodge, reads “Brock Turner, a Stanford student who raped and assaulted an unconscious female college student behind a dumpster at a fraternity party, was recently released from jail after serving only three months. Some are shocked at how short this sentence is. Others who are more familiar with the way sexual violence has been handled in the criminal justice system are shocked that he was found guilty and served any time at all. What do you think?”

Forever and always, this should be the only conversation surrounding the question “What do you think of Brock Turner?”

(via Facebook, featured image: Shutterstock)

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.