Justice was simply not served in the case of Brock Turner — the 20-year-old who was convicted on three counts of sexual assault and received just six months in county jail plus probation for his crimes.
Thankfully, Turner and judge Aaron Persky, who was once a student-athlete at Stanford himself, have been tried in the court of public opinion. Now, sadly thanks to this case, California lawmakers are trying to make sure future sex offenders get sentences that fit the severity of their crimes.
On Monday (June 20), state assembly members Bill Dodd and Evan Low introduced AB-2888, which aims to close a loophole in California's judicial policies surrounding sexual assault laws. If it passes in the state house, senate, and is signed by governor Jerry Brown, the bill will punish people who sexually assault an unconscious person the same as a person who sexually assaults a conscious person — with a minimum three-year sentence, The Cut reports.
Because Turner was technically convicted of "assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object, and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object," and not found guilty of raping her while she was in a conscious state, he was legally able to get off with a lighter sentence.
Current laws carry a "mandatory prison term in cases of rape or sexual assault where force is used," but because the 23-year-old victim was intoxicated and/or unconscious, this stipulation didn't apply in Turner's case.
In other words, under the law, legal actions, like drinking, can legally allow people who commit sexual assaults to get a slap on the wrist.
“If this bill were in effect, Brock would have gone to jail for years instead of months,” Hill said in a statement, obtained by the Daily Dot. “AB 2888 closes a loophole in state law to ensure that perpetrators of rape against unconscious victims aren’t eligible for probation."