By its nature, rape is a crime that rarely generates witnesses. The Stanford case did. According to testimony at the trial, Turner was “thrusting” atop a half-naked, unconscious woman near a dumpster when two young men happened to ride by on their bikes. When they shouted to Turner, he attempted to flee, but one of the men chased and tackled him. They held him until police arrived.
Turner’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit that night. He changed his story, at first claiming not to remember what happened but later — doubtless with a little prodding by attorneys — he “recalled’ that the sex had been “consensual.” Turner said later he was at fault for drinking and wrong not to simply ask for her phone number. As the victim put it in her emotional statement:
“I’m not mad because you didn’t ask for my number. Even if you did know me, I would not want (to) be in this situation. My own boyfriend knows me, but if he asked to finger me behind a dumpster, I would slap him. No girl wants to be in this situation. Nobody.”
Turner is a criminal — something liberals as well as conservatives should be able to agree upon. One can understand the judge taking the defendant’s age and lack of priors into account in sentencing, but to cite his drunkenness as a mitigating factor is peculiar. Oh, you were drunk when you robbed the liquor store? Reduced sentence.
Here is the truth that the left will never acknowledge: The hookup culture they celebrate and defend is the greatest petri dish for enabling rape and sexual assault imaginable. It does women no favors to tell them that the way they drink is irrelevant. It may not be a crime to get blind drunk at a bar or party — but it’s reckless. The Stanford woman’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. Again, that doesn’t make her a criminal, but who can doubt that, but for that, she would not have become a victim?
Here is what the right must come to grips with: Some of the women “crying rape” were truly raped, even if their attackers were not knife-wielding assailants jumping out from behind trees.
The anti-constitutional adjudication system erected by universities to hear sexual assault cases is a disgrace. The judicial system isn’t the whole answer either. Most cases of rape have no witnesses. They reduce to he said/she said. Those who care about innocent young people of both sexes whose lives have been blighted by the current mess need to step back. The problem is hookup culture.