Sister of Stanford Rape Victim Writes Letter to Brock Turner: ‘The Damage You Inflicted Is Irreversible’


It’s her turn to speak out. The sister of the victim who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner wrote a scathing letter to the former Stanford University swimmer. The statement was made public on Friday, June 10, among other related court documents.

“What has affected me most is that you did something to someone I love that I cannot take back,” the rape victim’s sister wrote to Turner. “In this last year and a half, I have experienced some of the lowest points of my entire life; I have felt more sadness, guilt and anger than I have ever felt. But I would go through what I’ve suffered a million times over if it meant that I could take away what you did to my sister. I can’t undo your mistakes and I can’t mend the part of her that you took away, even though she’s dedicated her life to mending me when I need her.”

Brock Turner
Brock Turner Stanford University

As previously reported, Turner, 20, was convicted on three felony counts of sexual assault after he raped an unconscious woman behind a Dumpster on January 18, 2015. He was originally sentenced to just six months in jail but will only serve three months.

The victim accompanied her sister to a party that Turner was also attending. Turner assaulted the woman after the sister briefly left the party to take another friend home.

“Because she blacked out, neither of us knew exactly what happened,” the sister wrote. “I had to learn about every graphic detail of her assault through a police report that went publicly viral before anyone told us. I had to read about way her body was found. I realized that the reason I could not find her that night, after checking every room in the fraternity house, after yelling her name outside, was because she had been unconscious and hidden behind a Dumpster. That she was naked from the waist down.”

She continued, “Today, I am still sick thinking about it. Sick to my stomach every time that I am reminded of the incident. I am still sad that I was not there to protect her. We have both been devastated, we have been speechless, and we have cried until our bodies have run dry,” the victim’s sister wrote. “Whenever my sister and I thought we could distance ourselves from this horrid memory, the media was there to remind us in full detail about her sexual assault.”

The victim’s younger sister wrote that she has become “permanently broken” since Turner assaulted her unidentified 23-year-old sibling. In her statement, she asked the attacker, “Where has your remorse been? Really, truly: do you feel guilty because you were sexually assaulting her, or because you were caught? … The only sorrow I feel for you is that you never got to know my sister before you assaulted her. She’s the most wonderful person in the world.”

The Stanford case made headlines worldwide after the victim wrote a powerful letter to Turner and read it aloud in court. He later blamed the college “party culture” for his crime.

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