-- Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer who was convicted last week of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus, blamed the “party culture” of “college life” for his actions.
ABC News obtained a copy of Turner’s full statement to Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced the 20-year-old to six months in county jail and three years of probation. Turner plans to appeal his conviction.
Turner acknowledged that he is the “sole proprietor of what happened that night” in January 2015 but maintained his version of the events, saying the unidentified victim willingly interacted with him outside a fraternity house. He even said the woman appeared to be enjoying herself.
“At no time did it ever occur to me or did it ever seem that [redacted] was too drunk to know what we were doing. I would not have done anything against anyone’s will,” he said in the statement. “I swear I never would have done any of this if [redacted] wasn’t willing.”
Turner also pointed a finger at the “partying and drinking” atmosphere and the peer pressure that comes with it.
“There isn’t a second that has gone by where I haven’t regretted the course of events I took on January 17th/18th. My shell and core of who I am as a person is forever broken from this. I am a changed person. At this point in my life, I never want to have a drop of alcohol again. I never want to attend a social gathering that involves alcohol or any situation where people make decisions based on the substances they have consumed. I never want to experience being in a position where it will have a negative impact on my life or someone else’s ever again,” Turner said in the statement.
The victim, now 23, responded to Turner’s statement in an emotional letter she read in court, slamming Turner for his hollow apology.
“If you are hoping that one of my organs will implode from anger and I will die, I’m almost there. You are very close,” her letter reads in part. “This is not a story of another drunk college hook-up with poor decision-making. Assault is not an accident. Somehow, you still don’t get it. Somehow, you still sound confused.”