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On campuses, ‘party culture’ no longer excuses rape

Amid the Brock Turner backlash, college students are demanding that assault allegations be taken more seriously

EARLIER THIS MONTH, BROCK ALLEN Turner, the ex–Stanford swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a fraternity dumpster, received two sentences. The first, from the Santa Clara County Superior Court, was light: six months in jail, lest a longer stay “have a severe impact on him,” as Judge Aaron Persky put it. The second, from the court of public opinion, was far more severe—and revealing.

Turner’s defense,

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