Brock Turner
Brock Turner's January 2015 arrest mugshotSanta Clara County Sheriff's Office

US Congress is to read the full victim impact statement from the sexual assault trial of former Stanford student Brock Turner.

Turner was found guilty on three felonies including assault with intent to rape after his 18 January 2015 attack on an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on the university's Palo Alto campus.

The lenient sentence of just six months on charges that carry maximum jail time of 14 years, Turner's status as a school sports star, and the victim's emotionally wrought statement have drawn considerable attention to the case.

Next week, the victim's entire 7,000-word statement will be read out in the House of Representatives at an hour-long special order on the case, hosted by California Democrat congresswoman Jackie Speier and attended by representatives from across the floor.

Speier and Texas Republican Ted Poe read extracts from the victim impact statement in the House of Representatives on 9 June, confirming there would be a full reading of the woman's words next week.

"Brock Turner was sentenced to a mere six months in county jail. For committing the violent crime of rape. Of which, Turner will probably serve three months. Why? Because the judge said a longer sentence would have a "severe impact" on Turner. A severe impact. What a travesty," Speier said in the house on 9 June.

She continued: "Our justice system must become better than this, our educational system must become better than this. People must understand that rape is one of the most violent crimes a person can commit, not as Mr Turner's father said, "20 minutes of action".

Opting to read an extract from the statement given by Turner's victim, Speier praised the young woman, stating she "wanted to honour the courage of the woman who survived Brock Turner's violent assault," adding "her bravery inspires me as I hope it will inspire you".

Speier said she was working on several pieces of legalisation including one to strengthen rape prevention and enforcement efforts on US university campuses.