The mugshot of Brock Turner — former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault in 2016 — is in a college law textbook beside a definition of "rape." Washington State University student Hannah Kendall Shuman snapped a photo of her book, Introduction to Criminal Justice: Systems, Diversity, and Change and wrote, "He may have been able to get out of prison time but in my Criminal Justice 101 textbook, Brock Turner is the definition of rape, so he's got that goin [sic] for him..."
The caption beneath the mugshot states, "Brock Turner, a Stanford student who raped and assaulted an unconscious female college student behind a dumpster at a fraternity party, was recently released from jail after serving only three months. Some are shocked at how short this sentence is. Others who are more familiar with the way sexual violence has been handled in the criminal justice system are shocked he was found guilty and served any time at all. What do you think?"
The nation was outraged when the former student athlete, who faced up to 10 years in prison for his crime, served only a few months in Santa Clara County jail. Now, Hannah is pleased her textbook photo went viral, calling it a "little bit of justice served," she told KSBW. People were quick to join in the conversation and began commenting on her post — which has been shared more than 100,000 times. One person wrote, "This why I love doing law stuff, so scum like him do not get away with s--t." Another added, "Should add him to the definition of white privilege as well."
These days, Brock lives with his family in Ohio and reportedly works for a landscaping company. In June, USA Swimming announced that Brock would not be eligible for membership due to their no tolerance policy on sexual misconduct. Since nearly all competitive swimming meets are managed by the organization, this lifetime ban effectively ended Brock's career. Hannah concluded, "It seemed like it had nearly disappeared and America just wanted to forget it. I'm super glad [the textbook authors aren't] letting that happen."
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