Stanford rape victim’s letter read during powerful panel discussion at ECU

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Wright Auditorium rang out with 7,000 words from an emotion letter written by a victim of rape.

The letter addressed the victim’s rapist, Stanford swimmer Brock Turner. It quickly went viral after being released.

“You don’t know me. But you’ve been inside me. And that’s why we’re here today,” read part of the letter.

10 members from the campus community took turns reading the words to hundreds of ECU students during a panel discussion of sexual assaults.

Organizers said the Stanford rape case got a lot of national attention, and serves as a lesson for students everywhere.

“We just think it’s a really powerful letter and a great way for people to learn what’s its like and empathize with victims of sexual assault,” said Kathleen Bursky, a victim’s advocate at ECU.

Some in attendance thought the event was powerful, and a good way to address a sensitive topic.

“Sexual assault is a really big problem on college campuses and the more education you can give to people and the more awareness it has, then the sooner we’ll solve this problem,” said ECU junior Erin Kelly.

Before and after the event, students were encouraged to sign a pledge to end sexual violence.

Part of the letter read addressed Turner’s desire to do a national tour about college drinking. The news has caught a lot of criticism, as many believe Turner is now trying to capitalize on the rape.

Bursky said it would be a different story if Turner showed remorse for his actions.

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