In the time since Brock Turner sexually assaulted a woman behind a dumpster in 2015, Stanford University has taken pains to recast the scene of the literal crime: Gone is the infamous dumpster, now replaced with some nice paving stones, two benches and a fountain. Emily Doe, as the victim is known, was originally meant to supply a quotation for a memorial plaque, completing its transformation.
Instead, Doe will no longer be involved with the plaque at all, since Stanford reportedly rejected two of her suggested quotations, both pulled from her famously heart-rending victim’s statement, campus outlet The Fountain Hopper first reported
The article doesn’t state which quotes the victim suggested, but it does tell us what quote Stanford decided to go with: “I’m okay, everything’s okay.”
Are they serious? Here is the paragraph Stanford pulled that quote from:
My sister picked me up, face wet from tears and contorted in anguish. Instinctively and immediately, I wanted to take away her pain. I smiled at her, I told her to look at me, I’m right here, I’m okay, everything’s okay, I’m right here. My hair is washed and clean, they gave me the strangest shampoo, calm down, and look at me. Look at these funny new sweatpants and sweatshirt, I look like a P.E. teacher, let’s go home, let’s eat something. She did not know that beneath my sweatsuit, I had scratches and bandages on my skin, my vagina was sore and had become a strange, dark color from all the prodding, my underwear was missing, and I felt too empty to continue to speak. That I was also afraid, that I was also devastated. That day we drove home and for hours in silence my younger sister held me.
Tone-deaf is too kind of a description. I don’t blame her for walking away from this.
Here’s my idea: Put the dumpster back and set it on fire.