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Stanford Univ. campus rape case goes viral

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>> Outrage growing over a Stanford University campus rape case after the defendant, former Stanford student Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in jail for the sexual assault of an unconscious and intoxicated woman in January last year. Reuters Amy Tennery has been following the reaction to that punishment.
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>> It's been intense, it's been an intense backlash this case. So a day after the sentencing, BuzzFeed actually published a letter that the victim read in court to her accuser. It was incredibly powerful, and it generated a ton of reaction online. It's actually even viewed over 5.7 million times on BuzzFeed.
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>> CNN presenter Ashleigh Banfield even read the entire 7,000 plus word letter live on the air and spent more than half an hour to do so. The unidentified 23 year old victim wasn't a Stanford student but was visiting the campus where she attended a frat party. Her letter intended to show the struggle rape victim's face, especially when the attacker is from a more privileged background armed with top legal support.
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The Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky is now taking heat for what's being widely criticized as a light sentence.>> Today and over the weekend several news outlets noticed that a petition has been gathering steam, essentially calling for the judge to be recalled from his position, saying that the sentence that they gave the defendant is incredibly lenient and unfair.
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And that has drawn over 85,000 signatures since that petition was launched on change.org two days ago.>> Comments from the defendant's father, lamenting his son's lack of appetite over the case only adding fuel to the fire, as the online backlash continues to swell.