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Brock Turner’s six-month sentence in county jail for sexually assaulting a girl, whose identity has been protected, caused controversy around the world with public figures and celebrities speaking out in support of the victim. Now, the two men who saved the victim have spoken to press.
Carl Fredrick-Arnt and Peter Jonsson, both Swedish Ph.D. students, were biking to a party on Stanford’s campus when they spotted Turner, 20, on top of an unconscious woman.
Since that night, the two men have been key witnesses in the case against Turner, who was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault and sentenced to just six months in county jail, as the judge said a longer sentence would have “a severe impact” on the Stanford athlete.
Jonsson, below, described how himself and Arndt approached Turner after seeing him behind dumpsters with the victim and immediately suspecting something was wrong.
“We knew that she was not moving, while he was moving a lot,” said Arndt, explaining how Turner was “aggressively thrusting his hips into her” as they approached.
“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?’”
They exchanged a few words with Turner before he suddenly tried to run away from them, but Jonsson was able to tackle him a few feet away.
Arndt, below, remembers checking the victim to see if she still alive, saying, “She lay perfectly still.”
The two students restrained Turner until police arrived, with one of them said to have been crying from distress at what he’d seen, giving reports and testifying in the trial, but never actually meeting the victim of the attack.
But in a letter released on Friday addressed to Turner, the victim thanked Arndt and Jonsson for their bravery that night, writing, “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 those people, to have felt their protection and love, is something I will never forget.”