Stanford Rape Victim Was Grilled About Her 'Partying'

Court transcripts from March hearings released
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2016 1:41 AM CDT
Stanford Rape Victim Was Grilled About Her 'Partying'
Brock Turner appears in court on Feb. 2, 2015.   (Karl Mondon/San Jose Mercury News via AP)

In her powerful statement, the woman former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner sexually assaulted described the court process as "traumatizing." Now it's clear why. Court records reveal she was grilled about her body and drinking habits when interrogated by Turner's lawyers. In a March 21 hearing, a defense lawyer asked the victim—who was not a student at Stanford, but attended a party there with her sister—about her height and weight, adding "when you drank the quantity of vodka in the red cup. You drank it all down at once, right?" She said she had. "Like, chugged it," the lawyer replied, per the Guardian. "And that was a decision you made, right? ... And you did a lot of partying in college, right?" She was also asked about previous "blackouts" from drinking, why her cellphone was on silent, and what she ate for dinner on the night of the assault.

She later described the questioning as the lawyer's "attempt to paint a picture of me, the face of (Girls Gone Wild), as if somehow that would make it so that I had this coming for me," per BuzzFeed. The interrogation came just days after a March 18 hearing in which she'd had to relive the events leading up to the assault, and her time at a hospital, where she was given shots for STDs and tested for HIV. "I woke up, and I saw, like, dry blood on my hands and my elbows and bandages," she said, according to court records released Tuesday. "My underwear was gone," she added. "That is when it hit me that what the deputy … had been talking about was real. And I was suddenly very scared." Turner was sentenced to six months in county jail in June, but is due to be released on Sept. 2. (The terms of his probation just changed.)

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