The Swedish men who came to the aid of the Stanford assault victim speak out
By now, everybody has probably read about the Stanford rape case. But just for a refresher, it was a horrific incident that unfolded on the Stanford University campus last year, where a 20-year-old Stanford athlete named Brock Turner raped a woman from Ohio behind a dumpster. At his sentencing, the victim read this powerful letter, describing the severity of the impact on her life.
In her letter, she thanks the men who helped her, who made it possible for her to seek justice — two Swedish engineering students from Stanford, Carl-Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson. They happened to be riding their bikes close by and witnessed the assault. They intervened, pinning Turner down on the ground and calling the police.
And now, they are speaking out for the first time. In an interview that was translated by Buzzfeed News, Arndt told the Swedish news outlet Expressen, “We can see that she isn’t moving at all, but he is moving a lot. So we stop and think that there is something strange going on.” He then explained how they approached Brock and said, “What the hell are you doing?” They saw that the woman was unconscious, and Turner tried to flee the scene. Jonsson ran after him and tackled him.
“The guy stood up, and 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,” Arndt told CBS News.
These men saved the victim’s life, which the victim acknowledged: “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 that there are heroes in this story.” Arndt and Jonsson have urged the public to read the victim’s letter, which truly paints a picture of the tragedy, while raising awareness and offering hope to other woman who have been inexplicably targeted.
At the end of the day, we can take comfort in knowing that there are people in the world like Arndt and Jonsson, who did everything they could to help a person who needed it most.