The Problem With Letting ‘Boys Be Boys’

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On January 18th, 2015 in the early hours of the morning Brock Turner raped an unconscious twenty-two year old woman and penetrated her with a foreign object. He was apprehended initially by two Stanford international students from Sweden, who stated that they intervened as they noticed that the woman appeared to be unconscious. Turner initially fled from the scene but the men restrained him until the police could apprehend him. He was later released the same day after posting bail. In the court case People v. Turner the Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to six months confinement in the Santa Clara County jail to be followed by three years of probation meaning with time served he only served three months. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender and participate in a sex offender rehabilitation program.

Since then, survivors of sexual assault have spoke out alongside reporters, politicians, celebrities, and their fellow students. In a video released by Bustle four sexual assault survivors speak out about their own experiences and the victim-blaming and other issues that have continued to plague them. They also discuss how the Brock Turner case made them feel and their lack of surprise at what took place during the trial and afterwards. I encourage you to listen to their stories and heed their call to take action and speak out about our flawed justice system and the culture that has led to such an injustice taking place.

Letting the concept of “boys will be boys” exist is not simply letting boys play with toys or be spoiled by their parents. It is setting up a culture where boys and men are not accountable for their actions and it is why people continue to be in disbelief of the victim in this case and numerous others. Listen to her story and remember that we cannot let such injustices keep happening because they are far too common.

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