One man's Facebook post perfectly nails why alcohol is never an excuse for rape
In wake of the light sentence handed to Brock Turner, a Stanford student who was discovered raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus, many have taken to social media to express their dismay.
"I've been drunk many times, even in the presence of promiscuous women who were also drunk, and I managed not to rape them," Lang wrote. "So I don't think drinking and promiscuity are the problems."
"Alcohol has this capacity to unlock what, deep down, we've always wanted to do," he continued, even admitting to his own fair share of drunken mistakes.
"But even at my most intoxicated, I've never lost sight of the fact that rape is wrong, because I was raised to know it's wrong. No amount of alcohol can depress that value."
Then, he delves into the heart of the problem.
"Brock Turner and his ilk were never taught that," Lang said. "They were taught that they can have what they want, when they want, including women."
Lang's message has been shared an astounding 270,000 times since he wrote it on Monday.
But the most important part of his post isn't even the takedown itself, although Lang admits that "it is right that we shame him, and his father, and the friend that came to his defense, and the judge, and every other entitled prick we meet."
The real value lies in his suggested solution to the problem.
"We need to love our boys, and teach them the dignity of the body, and how to live through disappointment and confusion, and how to navigate confusing feelings, and how to separate feelings from action, and how to communicate and listen," Lang wrote.
We'd like to see Turner's father's rebuttal for that.