After former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner received a mind-boggling light sentence of just six months for raping an unconscious woman on campus, the cause has understandably caused nationwide outrage.
Since the story made national headlines, everyone is hoping that this will begin a discussion that could change the rape culture in the country as we attempt to end violence against women.
One of the steps that will be taken is going to come from members of Congress.
According to The Huffington Post’s Tyler Kingkade, members of Congress will take turns reading the powerful letter from the sexual assault survivor on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives next week.
U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) read excerpts from the letter on the House floor this week, but the June 15 session will feature the letter in its entirety.
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) June 9, 2016
“Her bravery inspires me, as I hope it inspires you,” Speier said Thursday on the floor.
Turner is currently behind bars at Santa Clara County Jail. He will serve only four months of his sentence before being released two months early. Turner will then receive three years of probation.
If there is one thing that can be agreed on, it is the legal system failed the victim in this case.
Let’s hope there is still a chance at justice.
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