Brock Turner is a prominent name listed amongst the names of sexual offenders.
The young boy who was a fresher at Stanford University, New York attempted rape and sexual assault against several women.
The conclusion to his violent acts was a sentence in prison with the order to register in a Sex Offender Rehabilitation Program.
Life Of Brock Turner Before The Incident
Brock T. was born on the 1st of August, 1995 in Oakwood, Ohio.
Not much is known about his personal life however he obtained his secondary education at Oakwood High School in 2014.
After graduating from his former school, he got enrolled at Stanford University based on a swimming scholarship.
Brock T. had also been involved in drug use such as LSD, ecstasy, and marijuana during his school time.
He continued with the drug abuse during his time at Stanford University as well. Hence the incident that made headlines was not the only one that made him go to prison.
Brock T. had been imprisoned for the illegal use of alcohol in 2014.
Who Is Chanel Miller?
Chanel Elisabeth Miller was born on the 12th of June 1992 in Palo, Alto, California. She is a well-known American writer and artist in today’s time.
However, her identity was anonymous before she revealed how she was a victim of Brock Turner’s rape attempt.
Speaking of the early life of Miller, she was the eldest daughter of the two her mother was blessed with.
She was part Chinese from the maternal side and part American from the paternal side.
Miller’s mother was a writer whereas her father was a retired therapist. The family moved from China to California in an attempt to better their future.
In 2010, she attended Gunn High School in China and after graduating she enrolled at the University of California, graduating with a degree in Literature in 2014.
It was at the fraternity party that Miller attended with her sister that she got attacked by Brock T. on the 17th of January 2015.
The Day Of Awful Act
On the 17th of January 2015, Miller was at Stanford university with her sister Kappa Alpha to attend a fraternity party.
Post midnight on the 18th of January, the assault was spotted by two students who were cycling at the campus at around 1 am.
The two witnesses stated that they saw Brock T. on top of the woman over a dumpster. Her clothes had been ripped apart while her phone lay beside her.
When the former students confronted him, he tried to flee the scene. However, one of the two guys ran to catch him while the other sat with the woman who later testified as Chanel Miller.
The graduate guy was able to catch Brock T. and take him down on the floor until the police caught him and took him to prison for an attempt of rape.
On the other hand, Miller was found unconscious with a 0.22 percent alcohol level in her blood. She was immediately taken to the hospital.
Later, it was reported that she wasn’t able to regain consciousness until after 4 am. She was in a traumatic state where she couldn’t move or speak.
The sexual assault response team examined Miller while she was at the hospital and they claimed that she had gone through penetrating trauma and as well a general traumatic experience.
Kappa, the sister of the victim, told the police how her sister never interacted with the abuser. In fact, she didn’t even know him.
Talking about the statements given by Brock T. he said that he met the victim outside the fraternity party. He also claimed to not know Miller.
Initially, Brock T. denied the whole situation and admitted to hearing the two graduate guys talking in a foreign language.
However, during the trial testimony, he claimed how he and Miller drank beer together and then left the party holding hands. He said he had her consent before he took off her clothes.
Moreover, he stated that the victim slipped and he got down and started kissing her. Upon asking if she wants to get fingered, she said yes.
He even stated how everything that happened between them was consensual and not one-sided. While showing sympathy for Miller he said,
It debilitates me to think that my actions have caused her emotional and physical stress that is completely unwarranted and unfair.
However at the trial, Miller and her attorney Alaleh Kianerci denied the statements given by Brock T. Kianerci insisted,
He’s able to write the script because she has no memory. But just because he wrote the script doesn’t mean that … knowledgeable jurors have to believe it.
Did Chanel Miller Give Consent To Brock Turner?
Speaking of the drunk condition of both parties, Brock T. said that he can recall the night of the incident even though he admitted to drinking five Rolling Rock beers and two swigs of Fireball whiskey.
Whereas looking at the statements made by Miller it was evident that she was drunk enough to not be in a state to give consent.
Just before the incident took place, Miller left a voicemail to her boyfriend, and when the recordings were obtained by the company it was clear that she was very much unconscious.
She also testified she didn’t remember the calls she made to her sister that were found in her phone mails.
The emergency personnel reported that she didn’t respond to the shake and shout test right after she was hospitalized.
Moreover, the texts obtained from Brock Turner’s phone further supported the side of Miller clarifying how he was a strong user of drugs in the past.
Santa Clara County continued with the investigation. Craig Lee from the former investigation tested the blood spots found under the fingernails of Brock T.
Upon getting the reports, it was found that the blood matched the one found on their elbow and hands of Miller.
Consequences Of Brock Turner’s Sexual Assault
Brock T. didn’t know that what he might have been seeking as a pleasure would end up ruining his future.
The person who was known for his talent for swimming and the person who had been practicing to pursue it in the 2016 Olympics saw his dream being taken away.
The former abuser was banned from applying for membership for the USA swimming on the 10th of June.
He had been placed on the list of people who were completely banned from participating in swimming for his vile sexual activities and assault.
Talking about the reaction of Stanford university, it dismissed Brock T. on the 20th of January. Moreover, after two weeks, the former university announced a complete ban on his entry.
Punishment Announced For Brock Turner
Brock T. was sentenced with the charges of “two counts of rape, two counts of penetration, and one count of assault with intent to rape” on the 28th of January 2015.
However, on the 30th of March, he was found guilty of only three charges including penetrating an unconscious person, sexual assault with an intent to rape, and penetrating an intoxicated person.
On the 2nd of June 2016, Brock T. was sentenced to 6 months in the Clara County Jail by judge Aaron Persky when the prosecutors recommended a minimum of 6 years in prison for him.
Furthermore, he was also named down amongst the list of sexual offenders for his life.
Chanel Miller’s Statement At The Sentence
On the 2nd of June, Miller released a victim statement and read it aloud. It had not gained popularity until the next day when BuzzFeed published it.
The statement explained the effect of Brock T’s action on her life. She stated how she can’t carry on with her daily life because of the negative impact of the incident.
The victim also talked about how the social class should not come in between punishing someone who is an abuser.
She continued by saying that Brock T. studying at a prestigious university should not stop the authorities from giving him a harsh punishment instead they should serve it as an example.
She further argued about the probation officer’s statement in favor of Brock T. saying that he felt remorse for his actions.
Miller said that he didn’t feel genuinely guilty, one of the reasons for her anger and disbelief in the legal system.
The statement letter by the Victim went viral and became a part of the headlines over all the media outlets including The Washington Post, The Guardian, and CBS News.
Reaction To The Sentence
Persky faced a great deal of opposition for his lenient sentence announced for the victim.
Jeffery F. Rosen, the district attorney from Santa Clara County opposed the punishment saying that it wasn’t suitable for the crime Brock T. committed.
She also stated,
Campus rape is no different than off-campus rape. Rape is rape. And I will prosecute it as such.Source : Wikipedia
Miller’s sister expressed her disregard for the legal system and the lengthy prosecutions with no or little outcome. She also revealed how heartbroken she is about the result.
On the other side of the story, the father of Brock T., Dan Turner posted a letter that requested leniency for his son’s act. The statement conflicted about the punishment,
“It is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.”
The former letter created an outrage in public who blamed the above reason for the normalizing culture of rape.
In defense of Brock T., her childhood friend, Lesli Rasmussen, also stepped forward saying that he came from a respectable family and that his alcohol addiction led to the incident.
She further blamed the universities for the party culture, which led to vile things happening in uncertainty.
Leslie also met with a lot of criticism and she ended up apologizing for not acknowledging what the victim truly went through.
When Was Brock Turner Released?
Brock T. only served 3 months in jail. He was set free on the 2nd of September 2016.
The parents of Brock T. were concerned about the outrage that his release might create so they requested special security on his release.
However, the security wasn’t of much help as the protestors gathered around his home in Ohio with guns and expressed their extreme hatred.
What Happened To Chanel Miller?
As Brock T. was released he continued living his life while Miller on the other side started building one for herself.
On the 4th of September 2019, she released her memoir titled “Know My Name: A Memoir published by Viking Books.
The book talked about her experience as a victim of sexual assault to the difficulties she had to face later in life. It also talked about the legal system and its consequences.
She gained huge success for it and it became a bestseller. It was also ranked among the top ten books by The Washington Post while garnering National Book Critics Circle Award in 2019.
Where Is Brock Turner Today?
As of 2021, reports surfaced that Brock T. has been working for a cooling technology company in his home city, Ohio.
While talking to The Dailymail, an anonymous source said about him,
He’s been with us for just over two years. He’s really quiet and polite. He doesn’t say much and he’s not really chatty with anyone. He just keeps his head down and does his job, no problems.Source : Voxbliss
Moreover, he has been living a private life in the home of his parents in Bellbrook, Ohio.