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How Porn Likely Influenced Stanford Rape Case

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By now you’ve heard of the Stanford rape case. Brock Turner, a former Stanford University student who was found guilty on 3 counts of sexual assault, was given only a 6-month sentence. The public outcry to the short sentence has created a national conversation this week, spurring an online petition signed by more than 900,000 people calling for the judge who handed down the sentence to be recalled.

In his verdict, Judge Aaron Persky cited Turner’s young age and said the fact that he was drunk caused him to bear “less moral culpability” for the actions he took. Persky also shared his concerns that state prison could have a “severe” impact on Turner’s life. Turner’s father issued a statement bemoaning how “20 minutes of action” shouldn’t ruin his son’s 20 plus years of life.

Both Turner and the raped woman were drunk, but somehow the woman’s intoxication means she’s culpable for putting herself in a compromised position; meanwhile the man’s drunk state makes him less culpable for his actions. Furthermore, it’s hard to imagine any other crime committed while drunk being considered less grave by standards of morality. If he committed drunk manslaughter he would still be convicted as harshly. If he threw a brick through someone’s window while drunk, same thing. If he were speeding while drunk, he’d be convicted more harshly not less. You don’t hear officers saying, “Well how could he have known he was not fit to drive, he was drunk! His passenger girlfriend who died? She should have taken the keys away from him. She was drunk too? Well she shouldn’t have gotten drunk.” In other words, by being drunk she who experienced the worse fate had it coming.

There are lessons we can take away from this—both for those who decry the verdict and for those who agree with it. My view is this: If we wonder how people can do these horrible things, in addition holding rapists responsible, we also have porn to blame.

Source: How Porn Likely Influenced Stanford Rape Case

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