Letters to the Editor

What if roles were reversed for Stanford rapist’s father?

Brock Turner, 20, right, makes his way into the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse in Palo Alto, Calif. The six-month jail term given to Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman after both attended a fraternity party, is being decried as a token punishment.
Brock Turner, 20, right, makes his way into the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse in Palo Alto, Calif. The six-month jail term given to Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman after both attended a fraternity party, is being decried as a token punishment. AP

As parents of two boys and three girls, my wife and I have had our share of life-changing events brought on by choices our children have made. I can proudly say that we held them accountable for their choices, and as a result, we have five of the most amazing adult children a parent could ask for.

I can understand the father of Brock Turner wanting to protect his son from prison; however, how would he react if it was his wife, mother, daughter or son who had been sexually assaulted? Would he still say that “20 minutes of action” isn’t worth a severe sentence?

If his son had been sodomized for “only” 20 seconds, can you imagine how outraged he would be? Maybe Brock’s father should be the one going to jail.

Jerry Marlborough, Paso Robles

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