I owe thanks to Judge Aaron Persky.
Thanks for bringing the festering pimple of rape culture to a head on the skin of America. It’s possible he has drawn more attention to victims’ rights than anything could have. Without his sentence, there would be no public outcry.
Had he not re-victimized this woman, she may not have fought back with her words, giving voice to women everywhere.
Thanks for the opportunity to teach my children what justice is and isn’t, about using privilege to defend the vulnerable, to beat the crap out of someone harming a woman.
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Thanks for meat to chew on: sexism, racism, classism, alth-elite-ism. They are weighty. He brought much needed attention.
He is not the first judge to hand down a sentence that mocked the victim. Countless women read the headlines and relived their injustice. His actions have put judges on notice that we won’t tolerate unwarranted leniency.
I should thank both Brock Turner and his father, Dan, too. This trifecta created with a phrase like “20 minutes of action” and appealing the ruling reminds me that it’s better to remain silent and thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt. Thanks for removing any doubt.
Launa Grunau, Fresno