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Stanford rapist Brock Turner has been released from jail

He only served half of his already light six-month sentence.

By Erin Van Der Meer
Stanford rapist Brock Turner has been released from jail

Brock Turner, the Stanford University student who was convicted of raping a woman behind a dumpster, has been released from jail after just three months.

News footage from media filming outside the Santa Clara County Jail shows the 21-year-old walking out the front door to freedom at 6am Friday local time.

Brock was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault in June and faced up to 14 years in prison, but the judge on the case, Aaron Persky only sentenced him to six months behind barsand three years’ probation. It was widely seen to be a light sentence given the circumstances of the case – his victim was unconscious and he tried to run away when caught – and it caused outrage around the world.

The extraordinarily light sentence resulted in a new bill being passed in the state of California that requires a prison sentence for cases where a sexual assault victim is unconscious or otherwise unable to give consent. So that’s something.

People have been venting about their outrage over Brock’s release on social media. This tweet pretty much sums it up.