For release on June 22, 2016
Sean Webby, Public Communications Officer
DA, LEGISLATORS PROPOSE ANTI-CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT LEGISLATION
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced today that he is sponsoring legislation
that will ensure that anyone convicted of sexually assaulting an intoxicated/unconscious person will serve their sentence in prison.
The proposed law, inspired by the victim in the Brock Turner case, would make such convictions “probation ineligible.”
“We need to change the law to protect the next Emily Doe from the next Brock Turner,”’ District Attorney Rosen said during a news event announcing the proposed legislation outside of the Palo Alto courthouse where Turner was tried and convicted. “Let's give the next campus sexual assault victim no reason to fear that her attacker will end up walking around free after spending less time in jail than it takes to finish a single college semester.”
On June 2, 2016, a judge, declaring that there were “unusual circumstances” in the case, sentenced Brock Turner to six months in jail for his sexual assault convictions. Under the law, Turner will actually serve half of that sentence.
The victim’s 12-page letter to the judge, documenting her trauma and outrage at the assault, went viral when it was posted online. Millions read it, including leaders on the floor of Congress.
The proposed law is being co-sponsored by Assembly Members Evan Low, D-San Jose, Bill Dodd, D-Napa, and State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo.