Biden pens letter to Stanford sex assault victim

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has written an open letter to the woman who was sexually assaulted by a former Stanford University swimmer after an emotional message she read to her attacker in court gained widespread attention.

Biden, who wrote the 1994 Violence Against Women Act and is involved in the White House’s “It’s On Us” campaign against campus sexual assault, sent the letter to BuzzFeed News on Thursday.

It draws attention to the six-month jail sentence for 20-year-old Brock Turner, which drew outrage.

The vice president wrote to the victim: “I do not know your name — but your words are forever seared on my soul.” He says her statement should be required reading, though they’re “words that I wish with all of my heart you never had to write.”

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