REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Former Stanford all-American swimmer Brock Turner was released from jail today after serving three months of a six-month sentence for raping an unconscious woman in 2015.
Turner’s sentence issued by Judge Aaron Persky was too lenient in the eyes of many and drew national attention.
On Monday, California lawmakers unanimously passed legislation that will compel mandatory prison sentences for convicted rapists instead of allowing judges to grant probation or lift sentence as their discretion.
Filipina-American college students in the San Francisco Bay Area say they are frustrated that justice was not served in the turner case.
Erin Argamaso of San Francisco State University (SFSU) said she was disgusted after reading the victim’s letter that went viral.
“I felt so horrified that this guy is getting away with so much less of a sentence than he should of, while this victim is all traumatized for the rest of her life,” said Argamaso.
Another SFSU student Ana Torrea adds, “I feel like women are unfortunately easily vulnerable to being victims for example they have late night class there’s no one really there to walk them to their dorms, their cars. It’s a scary thought and feeling knowing that there are these girls out there who could be potentially assaulted by guys like Brock Turner.”
The women also echo the sentiment that turner received special treatment from the judge because he is a wealthy, white athlete.
“Probably race was a huge factor,” said Torrea. “Say it was an African-American male, an Asian-American or a Latin-American I’m pretty much going to assume and guess that the sentence would be much higher and harsher.”
A similar case to Turner’s that also occurred in 2015 was at West Chester University in Pennsylvania where Asian-American student Kyle Vo was convicted of sexually assaulting an intoxicated and unconscious woman in her dorm room after she reportedly told him she was a virgin.
Vo was convicted of rape of an unconscious person, aggravated indecent assault without consent and sexual assault and is serving six to 20 years in prison with five years of probation and will have to register as a sex offender for life, according to court documents.
Meanwhile, Turner is expected to return to his hometown in Ohio where he must register as a sex offender and enter in a sex offender management program for at least one year.