Students Demand Apology from Stanford for Brock Turner Case

June 9th 2016

Taylor Bell

Stanford University is now facing the wrath of its students. 

Following the sentencing of convicted sex offender Brock Turner, students created a Change.org petition that now has more than 83,000 supporters demanding that Stanford apologize to the victim Turner assaulted outside a fraternity party last year, The Huffington Post reports.

Students also requested that the school offer counseling services to the victim, as well as increase counseling services for all sexual assault survivors, among other things.

"If anything, the results of this case set the precedent that even when the legal system finds guilt, it does not provide the justice that survivors deserve," the petition reads. "While this case, like many others, demonstrates the problems of the legal system and the prevalence of rape culture, there are still ways in which Stanford University can step up and support the survivor."

Earlier this week, Turner, a former Stanford swimmer, was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman and was given a six-month jail sentence. The sentence length sparked outrage across the nation with many condemning the judge's ruling for being too lenient and for perpetuating rape culture.


Stanford has since issued a statement condemning the incident and arguing that the school did "everything within its power to ensure that justice was served in this case."

"There has been a significant amount of misinformation circulating about Stanford’s role. In this case, Stanford University, its students, its police and its staff members did everything they could. Stanford University takes the issue of sexual assault extremely seriously and has been a national leader in taking concrete steps to implement prevention programs, to train students on the importance of bystander intervention, to provide support to students who may experience sexual assault and to assure that cases are handled fairly and justly."

On the night of the assault, Turner was stopped by two Swedish graduate students who held him down until police arrested him, according to Buzzfeed News.

Lisa Lapin, a spokesperson for the university, told The Huffington Post that a Title IX coordinator originally offered to provide the victim support. The university has also agreed to expel Turner.

Stanford has five other sexual violence cases under review, the most of any school, according to NPR.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Education found that there were multiple incidents of rape reported at Stanford before the incident involving Turner. "There were 26 rapes reported at the university in 2013, 2014, and 2015," the Daily Best reported. 

Sexual assault continues to be a problem on college campuses. A 2015 survey conducted by the Association of American Universities found that 23 percent of female students reported sexual assault, CNN reported.