Two Swedish Ph.D. students made all the difference to the life of one rape victim who almost died if it were not for them.
Carl-Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson are just having the time of their normal lives. They were on their way to a party inside the Stanford campus on their bicycles. However, their lives were changed forever when they passed by a dumpster and saw one man – identified as Brock Turner – sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. They became heroes.
Knowing that something was not right with the scene, the two approached Turner and asked him what he was doing. Then, they tackled with the suspect when he tried to flee the scene and restrained him until the police arrived.
Let’s get to know these heroes.
Arndt was on his way to getting a Ph.D. in computational and mathematical engineering at Stanford University the year the incident took place. He has been at Stanford since 2011 and is set to graduate this year.
His pursued his undergraduate degree at Linköping University in Sweden; he majored in economics. Part of his experience included working as a quantitative research summer associate at J.P. Morgan in New York. He also worked as a researcher at RGM Advisors, LLC and at Thomson Reuters. He was also a teaching assistant at Stanford for two years.
He has not met with the victim yet.
Jonsson, on the other hand, was pursuing a master’s degree in management science and engineering at Stanford University during the year of the incident. Then, in 2014, he studied at the California University in 2014. He is also set to graduate this year. Jonsson previously went to University of Gotenburg and the Chalmers University of Technology.
He, too, has yet to meet the victim.
Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Alaleh Kianerci, during his interview with Huffingpost said that it was Jonsson and Arndt who made this case a prosecutable one.
Brock Turner is now charged with six-month jail sentence for sexual assault. This, on the other hand, has caused outraged not only in California but also worldwide as it has been one of the most trending topics online.
Many argue that Turner deserves a heavier sentence and that he should be convicted of rape and not sexual assault. The California state law defines rape as an act that includes “sexual intercourse.” On the other hand, sexual assault includes “forcible acts of sexual penetration” and is considered to be a different one.
Turner was found guilty only of assault with the intention to commit rape. He was also found to have sexually penetrating the victim – who was unconscious – with a foreign object.
Furthermore, Turner did not take responsibility for his actions. Instead, he blamed alcohol and the "party culture."
The victim thanked her two heroes through a letter. An excerpt of the letter reads:
"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 these people, to have felt their protection and love, is something I will never forget."