By now, the news of 20-year-old convicted rapist Brock Turner's abhorrent crime has spread across the internet. The former Stanford student's six-month sentence has rightfully enraged people all over, prompting hundreds of thousands to sign a Change petition that pressures California's judicial commission to fire judge Aaron Persky. (*Fingers crossed.*)
We've already heard way too much from Aaron's family and friends — people going the extra mile to defend the life-ruining actions of an abuser. But because he just couldn't resist the opportunity to add fuel to his own garbage fire, Brock Turner has now released a statement that unsurprisingly absolves himself of any wrongdoing, blaming what he called "party culture" instead.
"One decision has the potential to change your entire life," Turner wrote in the statement, obtained by The Guardian. "I know I can impact and change people's attitudes towards the culture surrounded by binge drinking and sexual promiscuity that protrudes through what people think is at the core of being a college student.
I want to demolish the assumption that drinking and partying are what make up a college lifestyle I made a mistake, I drank too much, and my decisions hurt someone. But I never ever meant to intentionally hurt [redacted]. My poor decision making and excessive drinking hurt someone that night and I wish I could just take it all back."
It's not the first time Turner has downplayed his crime, chalking it up to being a drunken mistake. In a powerful letter directly addressed to her abuser, Turner's 23-year-old victim called him out for blaming alcohol for his egregious actions rather than blaming himself:
You said, you are in the process of establishing a program for high school and college students in which you speak about your experience to "speak out against the college campus drinking culture and the sexual promiscuity that goes along with that."
Campus drinking culture. That's what we're speaking out against? You think that's what I've spent the past year fighting for? Not awareness about campus sexual assault, or rape, or learning to recognize consent. Campus drinking culture. Down with Jack Daniels. Down with Skyy Vodka. If you want talk to people about drinking go to an AA meeting. You realize, having a drinking problem is different than drinking and then forcefully trying to have sex with someone? Show men how to respect women, not how to drink less.
Drinking culture and the sexual promiscuity that goes along with that. Goes along with that, like a side effect, like fries on the side of your order. Where does promiscuity even come into play? I don’t see headlines that read, Brock Turner, Guilty of drinking too much and the sexual promiscuity that goes along with that. Campus Sexual Assault. There's your first powerpoint slide. Rest assured, if you fail to fix the topic of your talk, I will follow you to every school you go to and give a follow up presentation.