Require Jail Time for Rapists Who Assault Unconscious Victims

Target: Jerry Brown, governor of California

Goal: Mandate jail time for rapists who assault unconscious victims.

California’s rape laws currently do not mandate jail time for rapists who assault unconscious victims, but new legislation could change that. Sign the petition and urge Governor Jerry Brown to pass this bill.

The bill was drafted and passed in response to the infamous Brock Turner rape case, in which the Stanford athlete received a slap on the wrist for raping his anonymous victim, identified in court documents as Emily Doe, while she was unconscious. Turner was sentenced to only six months and jail for the rape and will likely serve just half of his sentence.

California law previously only mandated prison time for rapes that involved physical force. This meant that rapes that occurred while the victim was unconscious, sleeping, or otherwise incapacitated did not necessarily qualify for the same severity of punishment.

The bill was passed unanimously by the state assembly and also garnered support from Jeff Rosen, the Santa Clara County District Attorney who sought prison time for Turner. It now goes before Governor Jerry Brown to be signed into law.

This piece of legislation is absolutely critical for ensuring justice for rape survivors in California. Sign the petition and urge Governor Brown to approve the bill.


Dear Governor Brown,

I urge you to sign into law a bill that would mandate prison time for offenders who rape victims who are unconscious or otherwise incapacitated. This proposed change would close a gaping loophole in the law that just recently allowed Brock Turner to serve less than six months in jail for the rape of an unconscious woman.

The law as it currently stands requires prison time for forcible rapes but is silent on the topic of rapes that occur while the victim is unconscious. Because the victim is unable to fight back, no physical force is involved and the assault does not fall under the mandatory prison sentencing law. However, any and all rapes are, by their very definition, forced upon an unwilling victim. All rape survivors deserve justice, and all rapists deserve to face the consequences of their actions, regardless of whether or not their victim was conscious at the time.

The bill has been supported by legislators on both sides of the aisle, receiving unanimous support in the state assembly. I urge you to express your support as well by signing the law into effect.


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