An account director at Wieden + Kennedy posted an open letter to the father of Brock Turner on Medium this week, detailing her own devastating experience as a college campus rape victim.
Liz Taylor wrote that after 20 years of near silence about her sexual assault in a dorm room in Columbia, Missouri, she felt compelled to share her own story after reading a controversial letter Dan A. Turner wrote in defense of his son, the Stanford University star athlete recently convicted of raping an unconscious woman outside of a frat party.
Turner’s letter, posted online earlier this week, argued that his son, sentenced to six months in prison last week, should serve probation, not jail time. Prison would be "a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of his life," Turner wrote, saying his son’s "life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve."
In the revealing and highly personal post, Taylor used the father’s own words to show the lasting impact rape has had on her life.
"Brock is now 20 years old. He was born the year I was raped. And I can promise you there hasn’t been a day that’s gone by that I haven’t thought about that night, or adjusted my actions because of it. And my rape was less than 20 minutes. It was maybe five or 10. But its impact has affected every day of the 20 years I’ve lived since. So please make sure you read this carefully:"
You can read the full post here.