Twitter Slams Brock Turner’s Short Sentence With Ridiculously Long Hashtag
Brock Turner sexually assaulted an unconscious woman behind a dumpster while a freshman at Stanford University, and he spent just three months in jail.
Turner was convicted of three felonies and faced up to 14 years in prison. He was given a six-month sentence, but was released after three months for good behavior.
He now has to register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of his life.
Turners case ignited national outrage due to the lenient nature of his sentence.
There is an ongoing debate over the way in which Americas criminal justice system deals with cases of sexual assault.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the average sentence for sexual assault in 1997 was six and a half years.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics also reports the average sentence for rape is 11 years.
With that said, its understandable people are upset Turner spent such a short time in prison.
Many also believe theres a strong racial bias when it comes to how the criminal justice system deals with sexual assault and rape.
Brock Turner has been pointed out as a prime example.
How Brock Turner Embodies White Privilege https://t.co/R3k3SEEdNT
The Young Turks (@TheYoungTurks) June 8, 2016
Relatedly, an analysis from the US Sentencing Commission found prison sentences for black men were 20 percent longer than those for white men who committed similar crimes.
The conversation surrounding all of this spawned a hashtag, #ThingsLongerThanBrockTurnersRapeSentence, which people are using to vent their frustrations about Brock Turner.
Most of these tweets offer a fairly tongue-in-cheek take on this extremely controversial case, but they do help prove a broader and valid point.
Taylor Swift’s relationships #ThingsLongerThanBrockTurnersRapeSentence
Karl (@itskarlnotcarl) September 9, 2016
the 15 mins it’ll take me to save 15% or more on car insurance pic.twitter.com/6HG3jpH0uK
Common White Girl (@girlposts) September 9, 2016
Benjamin Franklin (@Benratchet) September 9, 2016
The amount of time you pretend searching in your backpack looking for the homework you didn’t do #ThingsLongerThanBrockTurnersRapeSentence
Dan James Rodo (@TheDanocracy) September 10, 2016
#ThingsLongerThanBrockTurnersRapeSentence the piece of hair on my ankle i always miss when I shave.
Kirsten King (@KirstenKing_) September 9, 2016
#ThingsLongerThanBrockTurnersRapeSentence My iPhones battery life
Jakob (@JakobSchrull) September 10, 2016
Turner might not be in jail anymore, but the discussion surrounding his case is clearly not going anywhere.
As a society, we definitely need to have a more concerted discussion about rape, sexual assault and how we respond to it.