A critical aspect of that progress, however, is getting lost amidst the fury. Believe it or not, there is good news in the Stanford rape case, an encouraging fact that we shouldn't overlook: two men stopped this rape. Make no mistake -- this case highlights the crucial role that men (who, let's not forget, are often themselves victims of sexual violence) have to play in combating the prevalence of rape. And it has shown us that bystander intervention can make a difference.
The two male graduate students who were cycling across campus when they saw Turner's assault on the victim in progress noticed something was wrong, yelled at Turner, chased him down, and held him until police came. The victim, in her statement to the court, publicly thanked these men of whom she has no memory: "I sleep with two bicycles that I drew taped above my head to remind myself there are heroes in this story. That we are looking out for one another. To have...felt their protection and love, is something I will never forget."