California Passes Law To Close Loophole In Wake Of Brock Turner Sexual Assault Case

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A new law has been passed as Brock Turner is becoming a household name in describing what not to do when you are at a party. In 2015, Brock Turner, a former Stanford University Swim Team member, and Ohio native attended a party at Kappa Alpha fraternity house, where he met his victim and her sister. Brock and the intoxicated victim left the party, then the victim passed out behind a dumpster where Brock Turner was found sexually assaulting her before being tackled by 2 other students and arrested.

Brock Turner was held and released on a $150,000 bail.

On January 28th, 2015, Brock Turner was formally charged with two counts of penetration, two counts of rape,  and one count of assault with intent to rape. He plead not guilty to all charges. After 8 months of pre-trial motions, the court dismissed the rape charges, leaving Brock Turner to stand trial on the penetration and assault charges.

Brock Turner hails from Ohio, a state that was immortalized in 2013 when 2 football players sexually assaulted an unconscious female in Steubenville, Ohio, catching the attention of the hacking/activist collective, Anonymous. 4 School officials including the superintendent and assistant coach were eventually indicted on various charges including tampering with evidence, and contributing to minors. The 2 rapists, Trent Mays, and Ma’Lik Richmond served only 1 and 2 years, respectively. One former activist who spoke out about the cover-up to protect the school’s star football players was recently indicted, and will be arraigned in Lexington, Kentucky on September 7th, 2016. He is facing a 16-year sentence, 8 times longer than the rapists, for alleged computer crime violations pertaining to Steubenville.

Brock Turner, who sexually assaulted an unconscious female, will be released from jail September 2nd after serving only 3 months of his very short 6-month sentence thanks largely in part to a loophole in the law that until yesterday, previously only mandated mandatory jail time for rapists who assault a conscious person.

District Attorney, Jeff Rosen, who prosecuted Brock Turner spearheaded the new legislation that was enacted this past Monday, sealing the loophole that now lets Brock Turner walk the streets once again, gaining a large victory against rape culture and for victims everywhere.

The bi-partisan vote was unanimous, voting 66-0 to seal the loophole. The bill now awaits Governor Jerry Brown’s signature. The bill will dictate mandatory sentencing for rapists, and prevent judges from lifting sentences and using probation as the punishment.



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By: Deric Lostutter

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