From the raping of an unconscious victim to the disturbingly light six-month sentence served to Brock Turner, there’s an Internet storm of negativity surrounding the Stanford rape case. There’s a lot to be mad about—and rightfully so.
A young woman was violated. Her perpetrator was hardly punished. His father is justifying his actions. By all counts, it seems justice wasn’t served.
However, there’s another side to this story that the victim brought to light in her powerful statement to the court. A story of two heroes.
Meet Peter Jonsson.
Photo Credit: Peter Jonsson/LinkedIn
And Carl-Fredrik Arndt.
Photo Credit: Carl-Fredrik Arndt/Facebook
The two Swedes riding by on bikes who saved her on that fateful night.
The victim has yet to meet them, but she is forever grateful for their bravery, their sacrifice and most of all, for being the anti-Brock Turners of this world. For being men who nurture, protect and defend women instead of raping them behind dumpsters.
Though the circumstances surrounding her situation are horrific, she says she wants to “remind [herself] there are heroes in this story.”
And so do we.
Amidst the media attention swirling around all of the negative aspects of the Stanford rape case (and there are MANY), let’s take a moment to remember these fine men—the Swedes who showed us there is still hope for the men in a generation becoming all too comfortable with rape culture.
We’d like to salute two heroes who saved a woman from a horrendous crime. They are the reason Stanford student Brock Turner was stopped, caught and convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious 23-year-old.
While you’ve likely heard OF them, we’d like to formally recognize them and thank them for their heroic act.
Their names are Peter Jonsson and Carl-Fredrik Arnt, both graduate students of Stanford University. The two were riding their bikes by the victim as the act was occurring.
Jonsson noted, “We saw that she was not moving, while he was moving a lot. So we stopped and thought, ‘This is very strange.’”
He continued, “When he got up we saw that she still wasn’t moving at all, so we walked up and asked something like, ‘What are you doing?’”
“The guy stood up, then we saw she wasn’t moving still. So we called him out on it. And the guy ran away, my friend Peter chased after him.”
Johnson captured Turner, bringing him to the ground and holding him until the police could get there.
The victim has been unable to meet these heroes but she did release this statement to the court about them:
“Thank you to the two men who saved me, who I have yet to meet. I sleep with two bicycles that I drew taped above my bed to remind myself there are heroes in this story. That we are looking out for one another. To have known all of these people, to have felt their protection and love, is something I will never forget.”
To Peter Jonsson and Carl-Fredrik Arndt, thank you for being the definition of heroes. For showing us all what real men look like and for protecting those who need it.
Be kind to one other. <3