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600 witches join forces to hex Stanford rapist Brock Turner

The swimmer, who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman he found on the side of the road, will only serve a three month prison sentence

Hundreds of witches from around the world joined forces to hex Stanford University rapist Brock Turner on Tuesday night, in a bid to make up for the swimmer’s paltry six-month jail sentence.

Turner, who was convicted of raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster, is currently scheduled to serve just three months of his six month prison sentence, along with a three year probation period. Unsuprisingly, his punishment has been widely criticised for its leniency: with many now actively campaigning to unseat the judge who made the ruling.

One of these campaigners is Melanie Hexen. The hereditary witch – who also works as a bellydancer and midwife – decided to take matters into her own hands this week, when she organised a mass hexing of the Stanford swimmer via a Facebook event page (now deleted). Despite only being sent to 12 of her coven sisters, the ritual quickly went viral; picking up 600 confirmed attendees.

“Witches doing spells in times when they’re otherwise powerless goes back thousands of years” – Melanie Hexen

“I think it really struck a chord with a lot of women as a way to feel like they had some power in this situation,” she told U.S. News. “That there was something they could do, some way they could come together and focus their rage and their need for justice that wasn’t being met. Witches doing spells in times when they’re otherwise powerless goes back thousands of years.”

The page listed the rules and requirements needed to perform the hex, along with a recommended spell. According to Hexen, any potential witches interested in serving justice would simply need to recite the lines while holding a black candle. “Brock Allen Turner we hex you,” her sample spell reads. “You will be impotent. You will know constant pain of pine needles in your guts. Food will bring you no sustenance. In water, your lungs will fail you. Sleep will only bring nightmares. Shame will be your mantle. You will meet justice.”

Although its apparently aimed to cause “impotence” and misery to Turner, the spell is not totally rooted in negativity. Witch Paige Vanderbeck, who took part in the group hex and was sexually assaulted herself, claims that the event was actually a gesture of support to the many other rape survivors let down by the social justice system. “The victim didn’t get justice,” she told the Daily Dot after the casting. “Neither did I and neither did a ton of other women and men, and there’s so little you can do to let them know you’re thinking of them and you believe them and that you’re behind them.”

Whether the spell will work is still yet to be seen, though Hexen has no doubts over its potency. “I’m a really experienced, powerful witch,” she added. “I have no doubt that when I cast a hex, it will be successful.”