Ms. Rollins,

I agree 100% with everything you said in your 3 enumerated paragraphs. Family, friends and society should do everything to support and encourage her as she heals and hopefully flourishes. What troubles me is that you are so quick to fall in to a trap that many on social media have regarding this story, which is focusing on a single out-of-context quote from a heretofore unreleased sentencing transcript to further the "victim-blaming" narrative. I understand the public-at-large, conceding to their need for anger and bloodlust, reading things in a biased fashion. However, as a professional, you should have a greater understanding of the context of a sentencing hearing, which is about the defendant. The impact on the victim is a factor in sentencing, as is criminal history and likelihood of re-offending. And what you didn't mention about the sentence was it is followed by 3 years probation and mandatory lifetime registration as a sex offender (My personal opinion is that the probation term should be longer 5-10 years; the leniency or harshness of the sentence is a matter for which everyone is entitled to an opinion). I imagine the reason you haven't seen any other quotes attributed to the Judge is because nothing could be culled from the sentencing statement to further the narrative that the defendant is evil and society wants to blame the victim. I worked as a defense attorney and was involved in sexual assault cases (both trials and guilty pleas). In my time, I never witnessed a judge after a trial say anything about a victim that could be construed as accusatory. But, ultimately, the Judge's job is to fashion a sentence for the defendant. A sentence that, in the instant case, was recommended by the Probation authorities. And while I don't practice in CA, in my state and most I am aware of, the defendant is required to be evaluated by a mental health professional precisely on the issue of whether he is a "sexually violent predator" with a potential to re-offend. I observe this because I think the Judge's statement was not a biased, unsupported opinion, but based on the evaluation of the defendant.

This was a tragic story and Brock Turner is a loathesome man. But we should not fall prey to the need to omit facts or exaggerate/embellish the existing facts because it promotes our worldview. Because when we start down that road, you end up with a scenario like the Duke lacrosse team case, which did more to harm victims of domestic violence than any particular sentencing in a sex assault case. At least as it pertained to the attitude of the general public about assaults on college campuses, which are definitely a matter deserving of our full attention.