Call for the immediate release of Patricia Esparza
  • Petitioning Tony Rackauckas

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Orange County, California District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas

Call for the immediate release of Patricia Esparza

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      Project HOPE Geneva

Rape victim unjustly charged with murder by Orange County, California District Attorney

At the age of 20, Norma Patricia Esparza was raped in her college dorm. Now, 18 years later she is being charged with the murder of the man who raped her, and facing the possibility of the death penalty for a crime she did not commit.

As a child, Norma Patricia was sexually abused from the age of 5 until 12 by her father. Distressed and further humiliated by the rape, she did not turn to the police after the attack. Instead, she reported it to a college nurse but she received no help. With no one to turn to, she confided in a man she had dated. He seemed sympathetic but then he became enraged. Against her expressed wishes, he and his friends took action into their own hands. She learned later that the rapist was killed and she was threatened with her own life into remaining silent.

She has worked hard to rebuild her life after that nightmare, forming a family, becoming a mother, earning a PhD, and is now a well-respected and admired university professor of Psychology. 

After close examination of all aspects, Emily Bazelon, a legal expert, attorney and investigative report for, concludes in her detailed story that there is no basis for a murder charge, that law enforcement bungled the case back in 1995 and that the DA is overreaching in order to force a plea bargain.

Recent signatures


    1. No Basis for Murder Charge Against Patricia Esparza

      Emily Bazelon, renowned author/lawyer, provides a comprehensive analysis of Patricia Esparza's case and determines that there's no basis for a murder charge.

      Is Patricia Esparza Responsible for the Murder of Her Alleged Rapist?

      On the morning of April 16, 1995, a passerby reported a body, wrapped in strips of blue towel and lying by the side of the road, to the police in Irvine, Calif. It was a young man, dead. Bloody gashes covered his head, shoulders, back, and arms. His skull was...

    2. Reached 6,000 signatures
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    4. Set Patricia Free website for important updates

      Set Patricia Free

      Patricia's classmates from Exeter and Pomona College have put together supportive Facebook pages. Please join! Stand 4 Dr. Norma Patricia Esparza- Exeter & SYA Classmates...

    5. Reached 5,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • t k HOUSTON, TX
      • about 1 month ago

      The police department should not be taking out the fact that they dropped the ball YEARS ago on a woman whose only connection to the crime was pointing out her rapist.

    • Melissa Sherman KENT, OH
      • about 1 month ago

      Esparza deserves to be left alone. When you rape someone, in my humble opinion, you deserve the death penalty. Maybe that's just because I've been there.

      • about 1 month ago

      Her daughter needs her and she's innocent

    • April Bean SAN JOSE, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      Because our justice system is corrupt and never takes the time to thoroughly investigate rape cases and they also give rapists too much freedom.

    • Kathryn Borst SCOTTSDALE, AZ
      • about 1 month ago

      This woman was violated so brutally...she will emotionally suffer the rest of her life and it will affect not only her, but her daughter and family as well. That rapist got what he deserved...


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