Thursday 8 December 2016

Brock Turner case: Hero student who stopped Stanford sex attack speaks out

Published 08/06/2016 | 09:46

FILE - In this June 2, 2016 file photo, Brock Turner, right, makes his way into the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse in Palo Alto, Calif. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group via AP, File)
FILE - In this June 2, 2016 file photo, Brock Turner, right, makes his way into the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse in Palo Alto, Calif. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group via AP, File)

A cyclist who spotted a student assaulting a partially-clothed woman behind a dumpster and rushed to tackle him has spoken out about the horrifying incident.

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Brock Turner, a former Stanford University student, was found guilty of three felony sexual assault counts for the 2015 attack against a fellow student.

His case has hit international headlines after the judge reduced Turner's potential 14-year sentence in state prison to six months in county jail because he had no history of convictions.

Turner was interrupted by two graduate students who were cycling by when they saw him assaulting a partially clothed woman behind the bin.

He tried to flee, but the students tackled and pinned him down until police arrived and arrested him.

The unidentified victim has thanked the two students for their courage in her victim impact statement.

Brock Turner
Brock Turner

“Most importantly, thank you to the two men who saved me, who I have yet to meet,” she wrote.

“I sleep with two bicycles that I drew taped above my bed to remind myself there are heroes in this story.

"That we are looking out for one another.”

Now, one of the two Swedish students has spoken out about the details of the January night attack.

Carl-Frederik Arndt was cycling in the area with his friend Lars Peter Jonsson when they noticed Turner on the ground with the victim.

“She was unconscious. The entire time,” Swedish student Carl-Frederik Arndt told CBS.

“I checked her and she didn’t move at all. The guy stood up then we saw she wasn’t moving still.”

Speaking to Swedish publication Expressen, Arndt said the pair stopped cycling when they noticed Turner on the ground with the victim.

“We stopped and thought, “This is very strange," he said.

Turner was “aggressively thrusting his hips into her,” he said in a police statement following the sex assault.

“We called him out on it and the guy ran away. My friend, Peter, chased after him," he continued.

More than 350,000 people have signed a Change.org petition that is calling for the judge to be removed from the bench for his lenient sentencing.

The unidentified victim wrote a 7,000-word statement which she read out in court. It has since been published on Buzzfeed News.

“I am a human being who has been irreversibly hurt, my life was put on hold for over a year, waiting to figure out if I was worth something,” the 23-year-old wrote.

“My independence, natural joy, gentleness, and steady lifestyle I had been enjoying became distorted beyond recognition.”

Brock Turner has been permanently banned from the Stanford campus.

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