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Drummer who showed support for a rapist, gets banged by backlash
Leslie Rasmussen, drummer for the band Good English, was asked by courts to post a character statement on rapist Brock Allen Turner. Many other character statements were submitted as well, but hers was possibly the worst. She showed?support for a rapist. Her character statement has drawn major criticism and has gotten her barely known band scrutinized and dropped from shows and their publicist. Their band was dropped under the claims that the band showed?support for a rapist and perhaps for supporting rape culture, but?the venues and people the band worked with are not interested in showing?support for a rapist. The entire situation involves groups of people who don't want to face backlash for the comments of one drummer. They simply don't wish to be tied to anything that people could find a conflict of interest. [caption id="attachment_2527" align="aligncenter" width="1030"] Drummer Leslie Rasmussen, right, showed support for a rapist,?Brock Allen Turner[/caption]
CNN?"Two months ago, I was asked to write a character statement for use in the sentencing phase of Brock Turner's trial," Leslie Rasmussen explained on her Facebook page. "Per the request of the court, I was asked to write this statement in an effort to shed light on Brock's character as I knew it to be during my childhood, adolescence and young adulthood when I interacted with him as a classmate and friend." "I don't think it's fair to base the fate of the next 10+ years of his life on the decision of a girl who doesn't remember anything but the amount she drank to press charges against him," her letter read. "I think it is disgusting and I am so sick of hearing that these young men are monsters when really, you are throwing barely twenty-somethings into these camp-like university environments, supporting partying, and then your mind is blown when things get out of hand."
Why would someone show support for a rapist?Backlash has been wicked after Leslie Rasmussen showed her maniacal support for rapist Brock Allen Turner. Her band has had numerous shows canceled, publicist dropped them, and they had to shut down social media and websites. It's OK to give a character account of Brock when you knew him before, but to add the part about the victim and mention drinking culture is entirely uncalled for. Give your statement about the person alleged with the crime, keep quiet?about the rest, and move on. This is a rape case, not a theft case. The guy didn't steal stamps from a post office, he raped an unconscious girl behind a dirty dumpster. She has since offered an apology for her support of Brock Allen Turner, the Stanford rapist. There's no reason to show any?support for a rapist, especially when it can harm your own reputation. I don't think the apology will get her shows back. At least not for a while. They should have left their website and social media open so they could continue to address the backlash and show their sincerely sorry for what was said. They know this will blow over, but to hide from it shows a lack of character. Well, writing what Leslie Rasmussen wrote was already lack of character to begin with. I almost feel bad for Leslie Rasmussen and her band, but then I think about it and what she said was pretty lame. You simply cannot show?support for a rapist. It won't ever have a positive effect on you. Was she wrong to make the statement?
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