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Stanford ‘heroes’ who stymied sexual assault speak out

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The heroic students who stopped the Stanford sexual assault have spoken out.

Carl-Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson, two Swedish PhD students at Stanford, were cycling when they found Turner, 20, with the victim behind a dumpster.

“She was unconscious. The entire time,” Arndt told CBS.

“I checked her and she didn’t move at all. The guy stood up then we saw she wasn’t moving still.”

He also told Swedish publication Expressen that they stopped cycling when they noticed Turner on the ground with the victim.

“We stopped and thought, “This is very strange,” he said.

Turner was “aggressively thrusting his hips into her,” he said in a police statement following the sex assault.

“We called him out on it and the guy ran away. My friend, Peter, chased after him,” he continued.

But the pair managed to catch Turner and stayed with him until the police arrived.

Turner has since been found guilty of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object.

He has been sentenced to six months in jail and will have to sign a sexual offenders register.

The 23-year-old victim, who cannot be named, spoke up about her ordeal in a 12-page victim impact statement.

In it she spoke about going to a house party and waking up in a hospital with cuts, bruises and a sore vagina.

“I am a human being who has been irreversibly hurt, my life was put on hold for over a year, waiting to figure out if I was worth something,” she wrote.

“My independence, natural joy, gentleness, and steady lifestyle I had been enjoying became distorted beyond recognition.”

But in the letter she also thanked the two students who found her saying: “Most importantly, 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.”




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