Sex Assault Sentence for Former Stanford Swimmer Sparks Outrage

Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in jail, igniting outrage from many who thought the sentence too lenient.
7:37 | 06/07/16

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We move on to the wrenching words spoken by a young survivor of sexual assault in open court. Raw emotion addressed directly at her attacker, a student at an elite American university. The words of this young woman are going viral tonight, and here's ABC's Matt Gutman. Your honor, if it is all right for the majority of the statement, I would like to address the statement directly. You don't know me but you've been inside me. Reporter: We also don't know the woman known as Emily doe. We've come to know her written voice. See if she can speak an entire sentence. Reporter: These are survivors of sexual assault and rape Reading the victim pact all right Emily doe wrote her assailant. It's been viral. Her first person account is raw and unfiltered. It might never have been noticed had Brock turner a swimmer with Stanford not received what seemed an unreasonably light sentence. He was found guilty of assaulting her after a campus party. It's disappointing. I don't think it sent the right message to the community or the world that this is has an important case as it is. Six months, but he could be home in three with good behavior. The statement his father read in court during turner's sentencing, his father complained the verdict was a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action. Also lamenting his son has lost his appetite for things like the rib eye steaks he used to love. It was the other statement read in court that day, the victim's that has been memorialized. It was one the most eloquent and articulate letters I've read. I don't think anything like it has been read. Reporter: The survivor Reading with her eyes locked on turner. Saying I wanted to take off my body like a jacket and leave it at the hospital. Securing her attacker, he said it was con sensusensual. I think the six month sentence was unfair. It was too short. I read this morning the dad said it's 20 minutes for a lifetime of sentence. I'm like what do you think the woman had to deal with? Stanford university has long struggled with this issue. This is a professor of law at Stanford and places some blame on her own institution. Though Stanford posted a statement online today saying the university did everything within its power to assure that justice was served in this case, including an immediate police investigation and referral to the Santa Clara county district's office. The condemnation for Brock and his father has ignited a storm on social media. An actress tweeting why. Honestly, why do we act like rape is not a despicable and punishable act. And the judge who issued the six month sentence also coming under fire. People calling for him to be removed from the bench with the hash tag "Recall Persky". The overwhelming support for the survivor has continued to grow. Many calling her a hero. Brie Larson tweeting the most important thing you'll read told by a braver survivor. Let's scream louder. No one deserves to be raped. Reporter: Over the last year the issue of sexual assault on campus has exploded into national consciousness. ♪ You told me it gets ♪ . Lady gaga's song, belting out her song until it happens to you. ♪ Until it happens to you ♪ Reporter: Surrounded by sexual assault survivors men and women, with unbreakable and not your fault on their arms. Her Oscar nominated song written for the searing campus rape documentary. ♪ Until it happens to you, you don't know how I feel ♪ Reporter: It brought the a list room to its feet. I am myself a survivor, a very grateful to the academy for giving us this world stage. ♪ Reporter: The artist who has gone public about her sexual assault was introduced by vice president Joe Biden, issuing a call to action. Let's change the culture. Reporter: One of the 50 on stage was Sophie. She was a first year student when she says she was assaulted. I remember feeling disdpusigusting and like I didn't want to be in my skin. That's something that so many people often say that they feel like, that feeling, you know, of disgust and not wanting to be within your own body and not wanting to be there. It's something that is so pervasive among people who have experienced this. Reporter: Using her experience as a call to action, she joined forces with other survivors to create the organization, end rape on campus. These cases are seldom reported because survivors fear they're not going to be believed, and that if they do report to the police or to a campus adjudicator they're going to somehow be blamed for what happened to them or be ostracized socially. He lectured about how weshot go out in short skirts. Reporter: Their work to expose what they call a shocking epidemic of violence and institutional coverups on university cam can pupuscampuses. The judge is basically saying it doesn't matter, your past actions. Don't do it again. Reporter: She's outraged by the father's statement about 20 minutes of action. It doesn't matter, the amount of time that it takes to damage somebody's life. What matters is that their life was damaged. Reporter: But she says the solution is education and the courage of survivors like Emily doe. I remain anonymous to protect my identity, but it's also a statement that all of these people are fighting for someone they don't know. Yes, there's plenty more I'd like to tell you about me. For me, I'm every woman. Emily doe anonymous, but her voice is still being heard. And finally to girls everywhere, I am with you. On nights when you feel alone. I am with you. When people dismiss you, I am with you. I fought every day for you. Never stop fighting. I believe you. You're powerful and nobody can take that away from you. To girls everywhere, I am with you. Thank you. Reporter: For "Nightline," I'm Matt Gutman in Stanford, California. This case is provoking many strong emotions. If you want to join the discussion, head to our "Nightline" Facebook page.

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