This is something that has been on my mind and please accept my apologies now for the rambling that will ensue.
If you haven't heard about it, a powerful letter has been written. She was raped. Her rapist was found guilty. The sentence he got might have been laughable if it was even slightly humorous. The letters the judge got and were published defending the rapist was disgusting as they tried to define the rape (or even rape in general) and blame the true victim. They tried to make the rapist the victim. No. He made the decision to be violent. He made the decision. She paid for that decision. Her words are the only one important to those that are actually involved (unless by some miracle he decided to take true responsibility for his actions). If you haven't read her words, they are powerful. They are creating true discourse. They are words so many want to say but are unable. She is creating change and she is powerful. I hope she sees it.
Why is this important? It is important to everyone. It is important because it is symbolic of a culture that makes the females accountable for what males may think or how they may act. It is important because we need to care.
There is so much more I want to say. So many other issues that touch this one that also needs to be addressed. However, I'm trying not to ramble too much (trying!) but I just wanted to add my voice to those that are praising this powerful woman.
Also if you haven't seen it here is a non-rambling, twitter specific perfect answer to what has been going on in this case. It comes from the author, Lauren DeStefano.
if someone's a rapist and an athlete, they're not an athlete who made a mistake, they're a criminal who can also swim.— Lauren DeStefano (@LaurenDeStefano) June 5, 2016
Brock Turner's dad called it "20 minutes of action." Lives have been destroyed in ONE SECOND. Your son had 20 whole minutes to stop it.— Lauren DeStefano (@LaurenDeStefano) June 6, 2016
This may be old news to most, but if you haven't read it, read her words (buzzfeed link).
In light of the recent tragedies (the above was written prior) I'd also like to say something. In the current political climate in where I've seen way too many people becoming comfortable with their hate. Just think if we treated each other with kindness and respect what a world this would become. If you think about it, it also fits with what is written above. If that was the choice Brock would have chosen, if that was the choice anyone would make instead of hate, what could we accomplish?
I leave you with this:
Kindness is free. Sprinkle that shit everywhere.