The victim of an alleged sexual assault involving former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner testified in court this week, recounting what she remembers from the January 2015 incident.
Turner was arrested just over a year ago when he was found on the Stanford campus late at night with an unconscious woman. Two cyclists said they discovered Turner on top of a woman and that Turner fled when confronted. The cyclists chased down Turner and held him there until police arrived.
Turner admitted to sexual contact but denied all allegations of rape at the time. Turner is no longer a part of the Stanford swim team.
The hearings in the case began last October and ultimately saw Turner charged with sexual penetration of an intoxicated woman, sexual penetration of an unconscious woman and assault with intent to commit rape.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that the alleged victim testified this week in the case, along with a friend who attended a party with her that night and one of the cyclists who discovered Turner.
The alleged victim, a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, said she attended a fraternity party at Stanford with her younger sister and some friends. The 23-year-old said she remembered dancing and “being silly” at the party, but didn’t remember anything after the group drank beers with several men outside of the house.
One of the friends in the group also testified. She said Turner had tried to kiss the alleged victim’s sister at the party, but the sister “thought it was weird” and moved her head away. The friend said she and the sister left to bring another friend home 12:20 a.m., leaving the alleged victim at the party. When they returned, they couldn’t find her.
More testimony came from one of the bikers, who said he and a friend saw Turner on the ground, “thrusting” against a body that wasn’t moving. When they confronted Turner, the biker says the woman on the ground was unconscious and Turner “backed away and then tried to flee.”
You can read a more detailed account of the testimony on the Mercury News website here. The trial will continue next week, with the local newspaper reporting that a cross-examination of the victim will likely occur.