Sharon Stone takes a stand against rape on US college campuses

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Sharon Stone has turned a celebrity spotlight on the issue of sexual assault on US college campuses.

The actress delivered an emotional tribute to the woman who was assaulted while unconscious last year by a former Stanford University swimmer.

Sharon Stone gave a powerful speech (Richard Drew/AP/Press Association Images)
Sharon gave a powerful speech (Richard Drew/AP)

Sharon took to the stage at Santa Clara University during a symposium on campus sexual assault and wiped back tears during a 25-minute reading of excerpts of the victim's letter to her attacker, Brock Turner.

Afterwards, she called the letter "monumentally powerful" and said it was impossible to read "without having it just impale your heart and soul".

The victim's letter swept through social media, galvanising critics of Turner's sentence and igniting a debate about campus rape and the criminal justice system. Turner was released after serving half of his six-month sentence.