In the infamous Stanford rape case involving Brock Turner and his anonymous victim it only seems as if there is a villain and a victim. Enough light has not been shed on the two heroes that were able to put a stop to the sexual assault as it was occurring. The names of these hero’s are Carl Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson, Swedish Ph.D students that also attended Stanford. In a letter written by the victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, she is so thankful for the heroes that came to her rescue when she was unconscious and unable to defend herself from such a inhumane act of sexual assault. She has yet to meet these heroes and will likely keep it that way unless she comes out publicly as the victim of this heinous crime.
The way the story was described by the witnesses is as following.Carl Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson were both on a bike ride riding past a fraternity house. As they were approaching the dumpsters behind the fraternity house where the sexual assault occurred they noticed something strange.
“We saw that she was not moving, while he was moving a lot,” Arndt spoke in his native language of Swedish.“So we stopped and thought, ‘This is very strange.’”
Jonnson was the first to approach the convict asking “what are you doing?”. It was then that Turner hopped up, startled, after finishing his “aggressive thrusting” of his hips into the victim. As convicted felon Brock Turner made a run for it he was tackled by both students and called the police. Both Arndt and Jonsson both testified in court to put this rapist behind bars and was helpful every step of the way.
These are two young men that should be getting the attention of the media as a whole and not the criminal Brock Turner. There needs to be a spotlight on people who stand up for women when these women couldn’t even stand up. There needs to be honor and respect for someone that takes action against injustice instead of supporting it or covering it up. The judge who ruled on this case is taking some heavy heat from citizens due to such a soft and lenient judgement against Brock Turner. It doesn’t matter if he could have played in the olympics or if what he did could possibly ruin his life or if his parents are wealthy. He should have to pay the price and luckily these two brave students were able to bring justice to a very ugly situation.
The judge who persecuted Brock Turner now has a petition against him requesting that the judge be removed from office. There were over one million signatures in a petition to have “the honorable” Judge Aaron Persky be removed from his position. This petition was created because many people believe that the Stanford student was let off entirely too easily by the Judge having to only serve 3-months in jail with good behavior. This sentence could have been almost as long as a decade had he paid the full price for “20 minutes of action” as the perpetrators father so honorably stated in a letter to the judge.
Just last month a couple divers experienced the surprise of a lifetime. The deep-sea adventurers stumbled upon a seabed of wealth, but did not fully realize it yet. The divers discovered a few artifacts and then chose to notify the Israel Antiquities Authority about their accidental discovery of treasure. A more extensive dive revealed that coins, bronze statues, iron anchors, and other ancient artifacts were buried at the site of a shipwreck off the ancient Israeli port Caesarea. If you are interested in seeing some of these artifacts then check out the video released by the Israel Antiquities Authority Official Channel on YouTube that displays pieces found at the wreck. It has since been estimated that the cargo shipwreck site is 1,600 years old.
It is believed that the ship was sailing from the Roman Empire. In fact, 44 pounds of coins with emperor Constantine’s face on the surface were discovered at the wreck site. Constantine ruled the Western Roman Empire between 312 to 314 A.D. This discovery has been quite remarkable and has included the following items:
- A bronze lamp depicting the image of the sun god Sol
- Statue of moon goddess Luna
- Animal figurines
- Bronze faucet fashioned in the style of a boar
- Pieces of large water jugs
- Metal sculptures
The bronze sculptures have been a particularly intriguing find because during the time period that this ship was at sea, bronze sculptures were often recycled. The bronze sculptures were often melted down then cast into a new sculpture. For this reason, the modern world has less bronze sculptures than stone sculptures from antiquity. Also, it is more common to find the bronze sculptures at sea because these sculptures never had the opportunity to reach their “recycled fate”.
The shipwreck site did not sit too far from where some divers last year discovered thousands of gold Fatimid coins. The two back-to-back discoveries may imply that there is more treasure along this route. Caesarea Maritima was a major transporting hub in Roman times, with many ships traveling in and out of its harbor. Therefore, it can be expected that some tragedies on route to the harbor may have occurred and that more sunken treasure lies on a nearby ocean floor. There is hope that more shipwreck sites that have been buried since antiquity will be revealed as this area becomes more filled with divers. This is certainly not the first accidental find by civilians. The following is a list of other unexpected artifact discoveries:
- The Cuerdale Treasures discovered by workmen in England in 1840
- The Hoxne Hoard detected by a farmer in 1992
- The Staffordshire Hoard spotted in 2009 by a man and his metal detector
- The Panagyurishte Treasure found in 1949 by diggers in Bulgaria
This is just to recall upon a few, as the list goes on.
Jacob Sharvit, director of the Marine Archaeology Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority, is quite pleased with the two divers, Ran Feinstein and Ofer Ra’anan. Since the divers came forth willing with their discovery, the artifacts will now be viewable to the public. Sharvit said Feinstein and Ra’anan were behaving as good citizens. The two divers will receive a certificate of appreciation and a special tour around the storerooms of the treasures.