The Stanford University rape case has dominated headlines around the world, after university swimmer Brock Allen Turner was sentenced to six months for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster after a campus party. Now the two men who spotted the assault and stopped Turner from escaping have spoken out about their brave rescue.
Stanford students Carl-Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson were riding their bikes across campus when they spotted Brock Allen Turner on top of a woman who wasn't moving. They chased him, tackled him and bravely held him down until the police came. The victim had no memory of the rape, since she was unconscious while Turner assaulted her.
As part of the trial, the 23-year-old victim asked to write a letter to the defendant, in which she briefly mentions the two Swedish students who found her:
“Next in the story, two Swedes on bicycles approached you and you ran. When they tackled you why didn’t say, 'Stop! Everything’s okay, go ask her, she’s right over there, she’ll tell you.' I mean you had just asked for my consent, right? I was awake, right? When the policeman arrived and interviewed the evil Swede who tackled you, he was crying so hard he couldn’t speak because of what he’d seen."
Elsewhere, she continues:
“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.
"I don't sleep when I think about the way it could have gone if the Swedes had never come. What would have happened to me? That's what you'll never have a good answer for, that's what you can't explain even after a year."
Now for the very first time, heroes Arndt and Jonsson have spoken out about the fateful night they found two figures behind a dumpster, one motionless, the other on top of her.