The Stanford Survivor, known only as Emily Doe, sparked a movement when her courageous and emotional victim impact statement was published in June 2016. Facing her assaulter, Brock Turner, who dragged her behind a dumpster and sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious, Emily declared in court:
"The probation officer’s recommendation of a year or less in county jail is a soft timeout, a mockery of the seriousness of his assaults, an insult to me and all women. It gives the message that a stranger can be inside you without proper consent and he will receive less than what has been defined as the minimum sentence."
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky listened to Emily's impassioned cry for justice as she delivered her powerful victim impact statement in his courtroom. Then he sentenced Turner to six months in county jail. On top of it all, Judge Persky reasoned that a longer sentence would have a "severe impact" on Turner. Turner only had to serve three months and was released on September 2, 2016.
This is unacceptable, and it's why we have mounted a campaign to recall Judge Persky.
Judge Persky has a disturbing history of shielding offenders from justice - and because he is running unopposed, he won't be on the ballot again until 2022. The women of Santa Clara County can't afford six more years of Judge Persky's dangerous decisions.
We can trigger a recall election for November 7, 2017, but we need to gather 80,000 signatures of registered Santa Clara County voters. Signature gathering is a complicated and expensive process, which is why we need to raise $500,000. Help us recall Judge Persky by donating today.
Emily has chosen to remain anonymous, but everyone who has read her story feels like they know her. Emily is being recognized for speaking out and changing the conversation around sexual assault as one of Glamour magazine's Women of the Year. For the first time since her statement in June, Emily is speaking out. She wrote:
"If you think the answer is that women need to be more sober, more civil, more upright, that girls must be better at exercising fear, must wear more layers with eyes open wider, we will go nowhere. When Judge Aaron Persky mutes the word justice, when Brock Turner serves one month for every felony, we go nowhere. When we all make it a priority to avoid harming or violating another human being, and when we hold accountable those who do, when the campaign to recall this judge declares that survivors deserve better, then we are going somewhere."
Stand with Emily Doe. Join the movement at recallaaronpersky.com.
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