The words of an extraordinary young woman

There is not much to add to the story about Brock Turner, convicted rapist.

You've seen the story, and you've felt the outrage. You've read the horrible "character references" and shaken your head at their tone-deafness ("Rape on college campuses isn’t always because people are rapists.” is what one of his friends wrote, when that's EXACTLY THE REASON WHY). You've expressed anger at the judge's ridiculously lenient sentence. You've noticed, like Ellie Fialk did on Facebook, the media coverage of this story:

You've also read the victim's letter to the judge. You've shaken with rage while reading it.

But let's stop the rage. Just for a second. We can come back to it, to help fuel the legal and cultural changes that need to happen. But let's focus on this sentence from the statement.

"Right now your name is tainted, so I challenge you to make a new name for yourself, to do something so good for the world, it blows everyone away."

Those words.

Read those words again. And again. One more time.

Remember what this young women has been through at the hands of the man she's addressing in this statement. And now, read them again.

They are the words of an extraordinary young woman.