As pieces of the Brock Turner rape case continue to disgust and infuriate the Internet (yeah, the rapist/swimmer texted his friends pictures of his victim's breasts), the letter that the victim's sister shared with Judge Persky before Turner's sentencing has gone online. This is the same sister whom Turner forced himself upon earlier in the evening. Like the anonymous victim's letter, this statement does what Turner's own words utterly failed to do: beautifully summarize the self-evident fact that Turner is a rapist who has ruined lives.
The sister, who is attributed as Jane Doe 2 in her letter, begins by describing how a fun weekend with her beloved sister, known only as Emily Doe, quickly turned into a nightmare as Jane Doe 2 found herself picking up Emily at the hospital.
She was the one trying to assure me everything was okay, trying to protect me, when I was picking her up from the rape crisis center. I have witnessed her try to lessen my pain by holding it herself. The victim—the one who experienced the trauma—put herself aside to comfort me when she saw me hurting.
Sisterly love is the exact opposite of what Turner did, meaning that it's beautiful and lovely and tears are coming.
Like Emily, Jane did not know what exactly had happened until much later, when the press covered the events of the night.
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.
Jane has lived continuously with the horrible evening. "I stayed up at night obsessively turning the events of the night over in my head, delusional that it was my fault for leaving her alone for a stranger to prey upon." All those sleepless nights probably took the taste out of ribeye steak for her, too.
In her letter, Jane addressed that stranger, whom the general population has now come to know and despise.
Where has your remorse been? Really, truly: do you feel guilty because you were sexually assaulting her, or because you were caught?
After explaining how the two men who interfered have salvaged her hope in humanity, Jane left Turner and her listeners with one final emotion.
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.
These sisters are good at writing.
Read the sister's address to Turner in full.
Congrats to the parents of these young women for successfully raising strong, intelligent humans with a clear grasp on what rape is. Not all parents are up to that challenge, apparently.