Congress to read aloud letter of Stanford sexual assault survivor

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Members of Congress will read the Stanford assault survivor’s statement on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives next week, reports The Huffington Post’s Tyler Kingkade.

Over the course of an hour on June 15, various members of Congress will take turns reading the letter aloud in its entirety. On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) read excerpts from the survivor’s letter on the House floor.

“Her bravery inspires me, as I hope it inspires you,” Speier said Thursday on the floor. 

The unnamed survivor’s letter was recently released by Buzzfeed, and has since garnered more than 13 million views. The woman read the letter–written to former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, who sexually assaulted her behind a dumpster in January 2015–during Turner’s sentencing.

• How a rape case involving a Stanford swimmer became a national story

Turner was convicted in March on three charges of felony sexual assault. For his actions, he received just six months in Santa Clara County Jail, as well as three years’ probation, at his sentencing last week.

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