Update California's antiquated definition of rape
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Earlier this month, Judge Aaron Persky sentenced convicted rapist Brock Turner to six months in prison in a case that rightfully outraged the nation. The tragically short sentence in the Turner case sent a message to survivors that even if they risk the judgement and shame that can come with telling their stories, our justice system is not set up to support them.
Prosecutors in California were not able to charge Turner with rape because he used his fingers and not his penis to rape a woman – and under California law, rape is defined as “sexual penetration.”
This narrow and antiquated understanding of rape has already allowed one rapist to avoid serious punishment. Join me in calling on the California legislature to adopt a more inclusive definition of rape.
Under the state’s current definition, the perpetrator in the Stanford case was only convicted of sexual assault. While Turner’s actions may not have fit into the traditional heterosexual definition of “intercourse,” the emotional and mental harm was still the same. Penetrating a person without their consent with any object or body part is rape. Period.
Our system is failing survivors, and it will continue to do so unless we act.
The FBI defines rape as “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” This broader definition does not allow for wiggle room. The seriousness of the crime is clear. It’s time our state updated its definition to meet FBI standards and to provide the justice rape survivors deserve.
Sign my petition and ask the California legislature to pass AB 701.
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