Last week, a glowing character statement penned on behalf of convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner by childhood friend Leslie Rasmussen made the Internet rounds due to its sheer callousness, deluded deflection of responsibility, and blatant victim-blaming tone.
As a direct result of her rape-enabling letter, Rasmussen's band, Good English, were pulled from Brooklyn's Northside Festival and a separate show at Industry City Distillery. The day after, she took to Facebook to issue
However, lest we forget, there are still over 30 other grown-ass people without the (bullshit) excuse of "youth" to rely on. This includes family friends Dr. Dean Olsen (who wrote "My greatest concern is that incarceration would damage a young man who I am quite certain is fragile, who, in my professional opinion, had and currently has no intent of harming anyone"), and retired federal prosecutor Margaret M Quinn (who said, "I know Brock did not go to that party intending to hurt, or entice, or overpower anyone."). Great job, community leaders.
[h/t The Cut]