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Brock Turner is the face of rape in university textbook

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Brock Turner was released after serving three weeks of a six-month sentence for sexually attacking an unconsicous girl on Stanford’s campus after a fraternity party in 2015.

His sentence and time served stirred up debate on how the justice system manages rape, campus drinking culture, and privilege.  

Now the exact same debate is featured in a criminal justice textbook with Turner’s mugshot beneath the “Rape” section.  

Washington State University student Hannah Kendall Shuman snapped a photo of her publication, Introduction to Criminal Justice: Systems, Diversity, and Change, last week. It revealed Turneras an illustration of a rape situation involving alcohol and taking advantage of an unconscious person.  

Turner, who was then 20, was spotted sexually attacking the 22-year-old girl on the floor behind a dumpster near the frat house. Two students saw him in addition to the girl with her dressed dragged above her waist, bra and panties taken off. The grad students helped get the girl to a hospital.  

Afterwards, she recalled to the court waking up and thinking, “I don’t want my body anymore. I was scared of it, I didn’t know exactly what was inside, whether it was contaminated, who’d touched it.”

The 2015 variant of this textbook‘s rape section looked pretty much like the brand new textbook released in January 2017 — except, naturally, for its missing Turner mug. (Mashable reached out to the publisher to get comment and will update if it responds.)

Part of this caption beneath Turner’s photo reads, “Some are shocked at how brief this sentence is. Others that are more familiar with the way sexual violence has been handled in the criminal justice system are shocked that he was found guilty and served time. What do you believe?”

Shuman’s Facebook post acquired tens of thousands of comments.  

One woman wrote, “It points out that a flaw within our criminal justice system and how it is not setup to protect the victims!” Another man remarked, “Three weeks in jail. Should of been 20 years for the terrible act. What a monster.”

The situation shined a light on the issue of campus rape culture. Just about a year ago, a petition and crowdfunding campaign attempted to remove Judge Aaron Persky from the bench for his lenient sentencing and comments about Turner.    

RAINN, the anti-sexual violence organization, says 11 percent of students have reported being sexually assaulted through “physical violence, violence, or incapacitation.”  

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