What BS! Stand Up and Fight Back_ This is Rape Culture

Posted: June 7, 2016 in Call to Action, Fight Back, We want justice now!

In today from Ultra Violet

This is Rape Culture.

A judge just sentenced Stanford University star athlete Brock Turner–who was caught in the act of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman–to only six months in jail.1

Why? Because the judge, Aaron Persky, worried that a prison sentence would have a “severe impact on him”–yes, the rapist–and said, “I think he will not be a danger to others.”2 It’s a horrifying example of rape culture: when a judge is more concerned with the well-being of a rapist than with justice or public safety.

This judge has no business staying on the bench.

Now the story is making headlines around the country and Judge Persky is coming under fire. If we all speak out, we can generate enough outrage to force California’s judicial oversight commission to remove Judge Persky from the bench–sending a message to judges and law enforcement everywhere that rape culture has no place in our courts. Will you add your name?

Tell the California Commission on Judicial Performance: “Remove Judge Aaron Persky from the bench.
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After Turner was found guilty by the jury, his father wrote a letter to the judge pleading for a lenient sentence, saying that prison time “is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action,” and asking for probation instead.3 Turner’s six-month sentence is a disgusting perversion of justice that’s all too common. Only three percent of rapists ever spend a day in jail.4

One in four women will be sexually assaulted in college.5 With an epidemic of that proportion, California can’t afford to send the message that as long as you’re a wealthy, white, star athlete from a prestigious school, you can attack women with impunity. That’s why it’s so important that we all speak up now, so that Judge Persky’s terrible sentence doesn’t set a precedent and reinforce rape culture across the country.

Add your name.

Thanks for speaking out.

–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kaili, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Clarise, Anathea, Audine, Ryan, Shannon, Megan, Kaytee, and Libby, the UltraViolet team


1. ‘20 minutes of action’: father defends Stanford student son convicted of sexual assault, The Guardian, June 5, 2016

2. Stanford sex assault: Brock Turner gets 6 months in jail, The Mercury News, June 2, 2016

3. Brock Turner’s Father Shows Us Why His Victim Had to Write Her Powerful Statement, Slate, June 5, 2016

4. 97 of Every 100 Rapists Receive No Punishment, RAINN Analysis Shows, RAINN, retrieved June 5, 2016

5. 1 in 4 Women Experience Sex Assault on Campus, New York Times, September 21, 2015

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Update 6/7/2016 from the Guardian: Stanford sexual assault: judge facing recall campaign over light sentence. 



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