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Justice for Laya!

UPDATE: Jesse Cheng has been forced to resign! But you can still sign this petition asking the Board of Regents to protect Women's Resource Centers' funding.

We stand firmly with Laya, a University of California, Los Angeles graduate student, for speaking out against, University of California (UC) Student Regent, Jesse Cheng, who allegedly sexually battered and attacked her on October 3, 2010. 



1)   University of California Student Regent Jesse Cheng resign or be removed from his post immediately

2)   Laya receive full legal justice

3)   Women’s Resource Centers on University of California campuses be retained and funded


"I am sorry for sexually assaulting you." "I tried to rape you and I thank you everyday for not letting me do that to you."

These are the texts that Jesse Cheng, the sole student representative on the UC Board of Regents admits sending his girlfriend, ""Laya." Last October, Laya filed a case with the UC Irvine student dean, accusing Cheng of sexual assault. Cheng's fellow Regents issued a statement claiming they took the charges "very seriously" but declined to take action until the campus concluded their investigation.

On March 9th, 2011, the UC Irvine Office of Student Conduct found Jesse Cheng responsible for sexual battery. Although the campus has concluded their investigation and found Cheng guilty of the charges Laya brought against him, he remains in his position as Student Regent and the Board hasn't lifted a finger to remove him.

Jesse Cheng is a senior and will graduate in May. It seems the Regents want to let his term expire without publicly reproaching a University of California student who sexually assaulted another student. This is unacceptable - Laya deserves justice and all UC students deserve a system of schools that takes sex crimes seriously. Sign the petition to stand with Laya and the students!

This petition was delivered to:
  • UC Regents Board
    UC Regents Board
  • Governor
    Jerry Brown
  • State Representative
    Adrin Nazarian
  • Alumni Regent
    Rex Hime
  • Vice Chair, Academic Senate, Faculty Rep
    Robert Anderson
  • President of the University, Regent
    Mark G. Yudof
  • Chair, Academic Senate, Faculty Rep
    Dan Simmons
  • Regent
    Monica Lozano
  • Staff Advisor Program
    Penny Herbert
  • Chairman
    Russell Gould
  • Staff Advisor Program
    Juliann Martinez
  • Alumni Regent
    Darek DeFreece
  • California Governor

AF3IRM (Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization & Marginalization) started this petition with a single signature, and now has 1,316 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.