Fliers Calling Out Convicted Rapist Brock Turner Are Popping Up In Logan Square
Photo by Mae Rice/Chicagoist
Updated at 1 p.m. with artist statement and reader tips: No one likes convicted rapist Brock Turner, except his terrible dad—and that's especially true in Logan Square, where the flier above have been cropping up in various public places. We spotted two on the southeast corner of Sacramento and Milwaukee; on Wednesday, Redditor ggrove91 posted a photo of another Logan Square flier to Reddit. Commenters reported seeing the fliers near Palmer Square—and as far away as the Berwyn Red Line stop. Since we posted this, we've heard of more fliers along Milwaukee Avenue and the Red Line.
We've also received an anonymous email containing a statement, allegedly from the "small band of humans" who put up the fliers:
This is a small gesture which we hope conveys to the victim that we hear Her, we read Her testimony, and we loved Her bravery and maturity in spite of the horrors she has had to deal with.Turner, 20, was sentenced in early June to six months in jail for raping an intoxicated and unconscious woman behind a dumpster at a frat party in early 2015. Turner was caught in the act by two Swedish bicyclists and tried to flee on foot; they tackled him, however, and held him until police came.
We hear all Hers. We hear all Survivors.
We support her from Chicago.
Turner's case has been a source of public outcry for a variety of reasons. For one, the sentence was extremely lenient, given that Turner had been convicted on three felony counts of sexual assault and could have faced up to 10 years in jail. For another, the unnamed victim's incredibly moving victim impact statement was published on Buzzfeed and read widely.
The flier appears to address yet another source of controversy: Media hesitance to term Turner a rapist. Turner was a first-year at Stanford at the time of the rape, and a star on the school's swim team. Many headlines termed him an "All-American swimmer" or "Stanford swimmer", rather than, you know, a "rapist"—a term readily used for less privileged people convicted of the same crime.
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