Sex assault Armed protesters wait outside American sex offender's home

Some brandished long rifles and many held signs, protesters scrawled messages on the street and sidewalk using chalk. Many of the signs they held called for the castration of rapists, while one protester held a gun and a sign that read 'shoot your local rapist'.

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play Brock Turner released on Friday from the Santa Clara County jail was greeted in Sugarcreek Township by around a dozen angry protesters wielding menacing signs and weapons. (antoniodelotero/Twitter)
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After three months in jail, convicted sex offender Brock Turner was released back to his parents' home in Ohio, and many angry protesters.

The American released on Friday from the Santa Clara County jail was greeted in Sugarcreek Township by around a dozen angry protesters wielding menacing signs and some with weapons.

Photos on Twitter show the protesters brandished rifles and many held signs, protesters scrawled messages on  the street and sidewalk using chalk. Many of the signs they held called for the castration of rapists. One protester was shown with a gun and a sign saying  'shoot your local rapist'.

 

Turner was convicted of the January 2015 sexual assault of an unconscious woman outside of a party on the Stanford campus. Two cyclists caught Turner in the act and tackled him as he attempted to flee.

The former Stanford University swimmer assaulted the woman behind a dumpster.

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Despite prosecutors’ recommendation that Turner, 21 spend six years in prison, Judge Aaron Persky sentenced him to only six months. Turner was released early on good behaviour.

Mr Persky’s ruling set off a national campaign for his recall. He has since quit presiding over criminal cases, however, he has defended his ruling.

Turner's short sentence, comments from the judge and Turner's own father – who spoke about his son's "20 minutes of action" sparked outrage the world over.

His new neighbours have vowed he won't forget his crime.

“He’s not going to live some happy pleasant life,” one protester told WCPO-TV. “We’re going to never let him forget what he did.”

 

“If he is uncomfortable then he begins to receive at least some punishment that he deserves for his crime,” said another.

As international media reports, Turner has to register with authorities as a sex offender, a designation for which he must re-register every 90 days. Notifications saying as much will be sent to neighbors. He is also on a three years probation.

The judge had sentenced him to six months, despite a powerful written statement delivered by his victim in which which she outlined the impact the attack had on her.

The woman's victim impact statement laid bare Turner's offending which happened in January 2015. The gut-wrenching statement describes the night and the trauma she went through since.

She was at a frat party, then awoke on a gurney in a hallway in a hospital, where she was told she had been assaulted.

"I shuffled from room to room with a blanket wrapped around me, pine needles trailing behind me, I left a little pile in every room I sat in. I was asked to sign papers that said “Rape Victim” and I thought something has really happened. My clothes were confiscated and I stood naked while the nurses held a ruler to various abrasions on my body and photographed them. The three of us worked to comb the pine needles out of my hair, six hands to fill one paper bag. To calm me down, they said it’s just the flora and fauna, flora and fauna. I had multiple swabs inserted into my vagina and anus, needles for shots, pills, had a nikon pointed right into my spread legs. I had long, pointed beaks inside me and had my vagina smeared with cold, blue paint to check for abrasions," she said in her statement, which was later published through international media.

In the statement she states she wants to stand as a beacon for women and girls who feel alone in the wake of sexual assault.

“On nights when you feel alone, I am with you,” she wrote. “When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you. I fought every day for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you."



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