Vice President Joe Biden: Stanford assault survivor ‘a warrior’

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Vice President Joe Biden called the unnamed Stanford sexual assault survivor “a warrior” in a letter he wrote to her following the controversial sentencing of her assaulter Brock Turner last week.

The letter, which was published Thursday by BuzzFeed News, lauds the woman for her courage and expresses Biden’s disgust with the incident.

“I am in awe of your courage for speaking out—for so clearly naming the wrongs that were done to you and so passionately asserting your equal claim to human dignity,” Biden wrote in the letter entitled, “Open Letter to a Courageous Young Woman. “And I am filled with furious anger—both that this happened to you and that our culture is still so broken that you were ever put in the position of defending your own worth.”

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Turner, who was convicted in March on three charges of felony sexual assault, received just six months in Santa Clara County Jail, as well as three years’ probation, for his actions.

Read Biden’s full letter here.

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