A woman who blamed a Stanford University sexual assault victim for drinking too much alcohol has issued a defensive apology, marking the latest controversy surrounding an athlete who avoided prison time for attacking an unconscious woman.Her apology for what? Why, simply writing a letter that the feminists felt might be a little too near the truth for their liking:
Leslie Rasmussen, a childhood friend of former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, who was convicted of three felonies, wrote a letter to the judge saying that the assault was “a huge misunderstanding”, Turner is “not a monster”, and that she thought it was unfair “to base the fate of the next ten + years of his life on the decision of a girl who doesn’t remember anything”.And why the need to be defensive (a description I note the 'Guardian' has never used in the context of any statement made by a failing government department...)?
Well, because the Internet lynch mob promptly set out to ruin her, of course. The irony that they are probably the same subset of progressive whackos spitting feathers at the hobbling of Gawker by billionaire Peter Thiel will not be lost on anyone...
The letter – a selection of which the judge read in court, saying it was a useful reference that highlighted Turner’s strong character – went viral this week, sparking national outrage from people who said it perpetuated rape culture and cast blame on victims.
In the wake of significant backlash, Northside Festival, a New York music showcase, announced Tuesday that it had dropped Rasmussen’s band from its lineup, and her group, Good English, has now released an apology from Rasmussen.And even that wasn't enough to satiate the mob:
After publication of this article, Rasmussen posted a second apology on her personal Facebook page, saying it was wrong for her to make assumptions about what happened that night.
“Most importantly, I did not acknowledge strongly enough the severity of Brock’s crime and the suffering and pain that his victim endured, and for that lack of acknowledgement, I am deeply sorry. I fully understand the outrage over Brock’s sentencing and my statement. I can only say that I am committed to learning from this mistake. I am 20 years old, and it has never been more clear to me that I still have much to learn.”And, naturally, this unedifying display of silencing of the heretic is immediately taken up this side of the pond:
If we truly want to fight for a better future, we need to work together to dismantle the rape culture in society and make sure all survivors get the justice and support that is deserved.I don't think I really want a future where those who point out the obvious are immediately electronically lynched, frankly.