Brock Turner Is Now The Textbook Definition Of The Word ‘Rape’

September 16, 2017
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Brock Turner Is Now The Textbook Definition Of The Word ‘Rape’

For those looking to become professionals in the world of criminal justice, the new face of rape is Brock Turner.

Last week, Washington State University freshman Hannah Kendall Shuman was finishing up homework for her Criminal Justice 101 class when she ran across a disturbing mugshot of Turner in her textbook, “Introduction to Criminal Justice: Systems, Diversity, and Change 2nd Edition.”

Shuman posted a photo of the textbook on Facebook with the caption, “He may have been able to get out of prison time but in my Criminal Justice 101 textbook, Brock Turner is the definition of rape, so he’s got that goin for him.”

In 2016, Turner, then a 20-year-old Stanford University swimmer, was found guilty on three felony sexual assault counts after being caught raping an unconscious woman outside of a fraternity party in 2015. But, unbelievably, Turner was only sentenced to six months in prison and three years of probation — of which he served only three months. The decision has been widely criticized as being far too lenient and an obvious example white male privilege.

The textbook, written by Callie Marie Rennison and Mary J. Dodge, describes why Turner has earned the dubious distinction of being the face of rape. “Turner, a student at Stanford University, was caught in the act, and ultimately convicted of three felony charges: assault with intent to rape an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object, and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object,” the textbook reads. “Turner’s victim was unconscious during the attack, as it happened behind a trash container outside of the Kappa Alpha fraternity house on campus.”

Although Turner’s sentence was lenient, he still lives with the consequences of his disgusting actions, and the “Introduction to Criminal Justice” photo is just one example. USA Swimming, the organization that manages most competitive swimming meets, announced that Turner would not be eligible for membership due to their no tolerance policy on sexual misconduct. And after returning home to Ohio to live with his parents, Turner registered as the highest level sex offender, and his neighbors will receive postcards announcing that he lives in their community.

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The death of toddler Semaj Crosby, found in a Joliet Township home

NEWS: Coroner Rules Semaj Crosby’s Death A Homicide

The death of toddler Semaj Crosby, found in a Joliet Township home that later burned to the ground, has been ruled a homicide by the Will County coroner’s office, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

In a statement Friday afternoon, the coroner’s office announced the 17-month-old’s death was a homicide caused by asphyxia.

A spokesperson for the Will County sheriff’s office could not be reached for comment.

Neil Patel, the attorney representing Semaj’s mother, Sheri Gordon, said the coroner’s ruling was “not a finding that surprises us.”

“We are doing everything we can to cooperate with the sheriff’s investigation to the best of our abilities,” Patel said. “Our concern right now is bringing to justice the people that did this horrible thing.”

Asked to identify who those people might be, Patel declined to elaborate.

Semaj lived in an 864-square-foot home in the 300 block of Louis Road with her mother, three siblings, paternal grandmother, paternal aunt, her two young children and her parolee boyfriend. Gordon’s Section 8 housing voucher was allotted for only her and her children, Joliet housing officials previously said.

The sheriff’s office said the home was in “very deplorable” condition when the child was found on April 27.
Semaj was found dead under a couch in the house about midnight April 26.

The day before, DCFS had been at the home investigating a child-neglect allegation, but saw “no obvious hazards or safety concerns” for Semaj or siblings, state officials said. Semaj, her three siblings and mother all slept in the same bedroom.

About two-and-a-half hours after the visit from DCFS, the toddler was reported missing, prompting a massive search of the subdivision near Joliet. A top police official said a lawyer for the girl’s mother made them get a search warrant before they entered the home and found the girl.

Less than two weeks after Semaj was found dead, the house burned to the ground. Authorities said arson was “most likely” the cause.

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