Former Stanford Swimmer Convicted Of Raping Unconscious Woman Gets ‘Slap On The Wrist Sentence’ Of 6 Months

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Brock Allen Turner, a former Stanford swimmer, was sentenced to six months in county jail for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus in January of last year. Many have called the punishment too lenient and a “slap on the wrist.”

In March, a jury found Turner guilty on felony charges of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person. The sexual assault took place outside a frat party in 2015, where the victim was unconscious from drinking too much. This case isn’t a complicated “he said/she said” situation, but rather a clear-cut rape. Two witnesses who were bicycling in the area saw Turner thrusting his body on the unresponsive, half-naked girl on the ground behind a dumpster and stopped the assault and Brock ran. The witnesses caught Turner and he was handed over to authorities.

California Penal Code Section 261 includes the following activities as rape:

Where a person is prevented from resisting by any intoxicating
or anesthetic substance, or any controlled substance, and this
condition was known, or reasonably should have been known by the

Where a person is at the time unconscious of the nature of the
act, and this is known to the accused. As used in this paragraph,
“unconscious of the nature of the act” means incapable of resisting
because the victim meets any one of the following conditions:
(A) Was unconscious or asleep.
(B) Was not aware, knowing, perceiving, or cognizant that the act
(C) Was not aware, knowing, perceiving, or cognizant of the
essential characteristics of the act due to the perpetrator’s fraud
in fact.

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