Why you should support Recall Judge Aaron Persky

Stanford rape case Judge Aaron Persky just got re-elected for 6 more years!

Brock Turner was released after only serving 3 months in jail, not prison!

Prosecutors asked that Brock Turner be sentenced to six years in prison for the January 2015 assault. The minimum sentence for his crimes was 2 years and he could have faced a maximum of 14 years. Turner was presumptively not eligible for probation under the law.

Judge Persky found that the case was "unusual" and justified sentencing Turner to probation instead of prison based primarily on the fact that Turner was an elite athlete at a top university and that alcohol was involved. He noted that a harsher punishment would have had a "severe impact" on him. The judge had to make a special exception to hand out such a light punishment.

The only thing unusual about this case is that there were eyewitnesses. Otherwise it is like the millions of other sexual assaults occurring on our college campuses every year. Virtually every campus assault involves a high-achieving perpetrator and the vast majority involve alcohol. This sentence implies that prison would never be appropriate in most campus assaults.

Judge Persky's decision is unacceptable.

Women – and men – across the country know this ruling is an injustice and are willing to speak out on a difficult topic. Judge Persky and Brock Turner’s father fail to understand who the real victim is in this case. It’s not the attacker. It’s the innocent woman who was sexually assaulted.

We need judges who understand violence against women and take it seriously. We are hoping that Judge Persky will do the right thing and step down now, but we are preparing to recall him from office if he does not. This is not the first time this judge has given unreasonably light sentences to convicted felons.

As often happens in judicial elections, Judge Persky is unopposed for re-election this year and the filing deadline for candidates to challenge him has passed. Recall efforts require the signatures of at least 20% of the votes in the most recent election in Santa Clara County. We expect to begin gathering signatures in the spring of 2017 – but there is much work that needs to be done now to prepare for the campaign. Recall efforts are complicated and expensive - which is why we need your help.


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  • Susan Herring endorsed

    “Men have been getting off on rape charges with just a rap on the knuckles for too long. Enough is enough!”

  • Aaron Feldman endorsed

    “Brock Turner got away with rape.”

  • Ahsha Anderson endorsed

    “Make no mistake about it. The judge had one thing in mind when he chose to protect Brock Turner from prison. That one thing is RAPE. The rape of a MALE in a vulnerable situation the Judge could comprehend as wrong. But for women who are facing the same attack in the City he presides over, he does not see as worthy of the same protection. There is one remarkable difference in this case than all the previous cases of attack that came before. There were 2 male eye witnesses in this case. When you realize that Judge Persky still chose to protect Brock from prison, when there was no room to give him the benefit of the doubt, there was no doubt, there was no question it happened, it was observed by people who rescued her and remained on the scene, that proves Judge Persky is sexist and does not feel women's lives deserve the equal protection under the law.”

Nov 16 2016

Inspirational

Friends --

On Monday night, Glamour Magazine honored Stanford survivor Emily Doe as one of 2016's Women of the Year.

After an emotional introduction from actress Lena Dunham, and a touching performance of Emily's previous statements by Gabourey Sidibe, Frieda Pinto, and Amber Heard, the theater erupted into a standing ovation.

I was honored to accept the award on behalf of Emily and read a statement she had prepared for the evening:

"Thank you for seeing me through my words and giving me a voice without having to see me physically. Thank you for honoring me among the incredible women I'm determined to one day meet..."I am one of so many who have fought before me... so many who have had enough. I stand among millions of groundbreaking Emily Does. I have seen them speaking. I have seen the strength that accompanies healing. Right now, I'm watching the award show from home and know many survivors watching at home too. I hope every survivor is sharing the stage with me feeling proud—feeling part of this too. I am grateful to be among them, and tonight we have won together. With every set back, the world should know every survivor has a story. Every story is our power. Together, we are louder than any system or person who threatens to silence us. Together we are countless and unstoppable. Now, we are indignantly rising. Be excited. Keep going. I'll be fighting alongside you."

Emily's inspirational words motivate us to keep fighting and holding institutions and individuals accountable.

Brock Turner served one month in county jail for every felony sexual assault conviction -- that is not justice. Please, help us recall Judge Persky by contributing now and together we will send the message that survivors deserve better.

Thank you to all who participated in our tweet storm powered up by Thunderclap. We reached over 1.2 million people, asking them to stand with Emily in the fight to recall Judge Persky.

But we still have work to do. Judge Persky's current term doesn't end until 2022. We can't let him continue to make dangerous decisions regarding women's health and safety. In April, we can begin collecting over 80,000 signatures of registered Santa Clara County voters to trigger a recall election on November 7, 2017. Recall elections in California are complicated and expensive.

Stand with Emily to say: enough is enough! Please chip in now to ensure we have the resources needed to recall Judge Persky. Every donation makes a difference and moves us closer towards our goal.

Thank you,
Michele Dauber
Chair, Committee to Recall Judge Persky

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Nov 1 2016

Emily Doe is Glamour Woman of the Year

Emily Doe was named Glamour Woman of the Year today (as she remains anonymous, Michele Dauber, the Committee Chair of Recall Judge Persky, will be accepting the award on her behalf on November 14th).

Emily Doe also provided an incredible, exclusive essay to Glamour.

Here's an excerpt:

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.

We've also just released a new video today. We hope you'll get a chance to both read the essay and watch the video.

Please chip in today and share this page with your networks!

Thank you all so much for your continued support.

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Sep 26 2016

Our first video

Friends,

We are continuing our momentum.

Last week, the Feminist Majority hosted a very successful fundraiser where we raised $80,000 to help the Recall Campaign.

We also debuted our very first video!

Donors were very impressed and one donor put up a $5,000 challenge. If we can raise $15,000 by the end of September, she will donate $5,000 to bring the fundraiser’s event total to $100,000.

Make your biggest impact yet by chipping in whatever you can right now. If we meet our $15,000 goal by Friday, your donation will help us meet our $100,000 goal!

Organizations like the Feminist Majority support the recall of Judge Aaron Persky because they know we need judges who understand sexual assault and violence against women -- and take it seriously.

That's why over 75 donors from Silicon Valley packed the University Club to hear about the campaign, along with a moderated conversation with Feminist Majority Executive Director Kathy Spillar and Amy Ziering, producer of the acclaimed documentaries the Hunting Ground and the Invisible War.

Everyone came away believing how important this campaign is as a way of participating in the movement to obtain better treatment for victims of sexual and domestic violence in the court system.

As Kathy Spillar told the audience, the Feminist Majority has been arguing that "Rape is Rape" for decades. It's time to see that reflected in our judicial system.

We hope this video will help inform voters of the dangerous decisions Judge Persky has made during his tenure as Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge. Enough is enough. We must recall Judge Persky.

We need your help to promote this video far and wide on Facebook and Twitter. Contribute now to help us respond to our donor's generous challenge and meet our $100,000 goal by the end of the month.

Thank you,
Michele Dauber

Chair, Committee to Recall Judge Persky

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Sep 14 2016

Stanford alum and father of sexual assault survivor joins efforts to recall Judge Persky

Joe McCarthy, a Stanford alumni, donated on behalf of his daughter, a sexual assault survivor in order to help call attention to the serious problem of sexual assault on the Stanford campus and elsewhere. He states:

"Brock Turner’s actions were inexcusable. Yet he insists on hiding behind excuses rather than accepting responsibility for his actions. His assault, victim blaming, and lack of personal accountability were all wrong. But he’s part of a larger issue.

Judge Persky is certainly mistaken in his view that privileged individuals (e.g. fellow Stanford athletes) should not be held fully accountable for their acts. While I believe that judges should have leeway in their decisions, I also believe there should be consequences for misuse of that power. A recall is the most appropriate consequence. The lenient sentence, and his attempts to justify it, was wrong. But he’s part of a larger issue.

This case itself was the symptom of a larger and systemic problem that exists at Stanford, at other campuses, and throughout society. I sincerely hope that my alma mater addresses head-on the attitude of sexual assault rather than being misled into treating it as an alcohol consumption issue. Athletes, fraternity members, and all students must understand what consent is and is not. Right now, Stanford is part of the larger issue.

Whether privileged or not, drunk or sober, we need to understand: Only an informed and enthusiastic “yes” is consent. Fear, inebriation, or unconsciousness are not. Sexual assault should be punished, with no excuses and no leniency, so that the consequences associated with it pave the way to justice for survivors and would-be perpetrators are put on notice.

If we make excuses like Brock, if we accept lenient sentences like Judge Persky’s, if we don’t hold people accountable for their actions, if we don’t discard the idea that sexual assault and rape are the survivor’s fault or alcohol’s fault or simply a by-product of modern society, if we don’t follow the example of the Swedish grad students and intervene, if we don’t teach our sons about consent and respect, if we don’t speak out loud and clear against sexual assault... then we, too, are part of the larger issue.

We owe it to the survivor in this case and survivors everywhere: We must step up and be part of the larger solution.”

Please continue to share our campaign with your friends, families, and networks. We must all choose to be a part of the larger solution.

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Sep 2 2016

Rally to Recall Judge Persky Today!!!

Today - San Jose Hall of Justice 190 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA

10:00am

#BrockTurner is set to be released from county jail on September 2nd. He will have only served three months for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. #JudgePersky allowed this to happen, and he must be held responsible. Join us in rallying to #RecallPersky.

Speakers Include:
- Committee to Recall Judge Persky Chair Michele Dauber
- Kamilah Willingham, Sexual Assault Survivor, Harvard Law School
- Sofie Karasek, Sexual Assault Survivor, UC Berkeley
- Sen. Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (CA Senate District 24)
- Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA 15th District)
- Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA 9th District)
- Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA 46th District)
- Sen. Jim Beall (CA Senate District 15)
- Stephanie Pham, Associate of Students for Sexual Assault Prevention, Stanford University
- Assemblymember Nora Campos (Assembly District 27)
- Palo Alto Mayor Patrick Burt
- Congressional Candidate Ro Khanna (CA 17th District)
- Former Milpitas Mayor Bob Livengood

- CA NOW President Jerilyn Stapleton

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Sep 1 2016

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Rachel Rodriguez endorsed

  • Susan Herring endorsed

    “Men have been getting off on rape charges with just a rap on the knuckles for too long. Enough is enough!”

  • Luke Forbes endorsed

  • Aaron Feldman endorsed

    “Brock Turner got away with rape.”

  • Oskar English endorsed

  • Ahsha Anderson endorsed

    “Make no mistake about it. The judge had one thing in mind when he chose to protect Brock Turner from prison. That one thing is RAPE. The rape of a MALE in a vulnerable situation the Judge could comprehend as wrong. But for women who are facing the same attack in the City he presides over, he does not see as worthy of the same protection. There is one remarkable difference in this case than all the previous cases of attack that came before. There were 2 male eye witnesses in this case. When you realize that Judge Persky still chose to protect Brock from prison, when there was no room to give him the benefit of the doubt, there was no doubt, there was no question it happened, it was observed by people who rescued her and remained on the scene, that proves Judge Persky is sexist and does not feel women's lives deserve the equal protection under the law.”

  • kacey endorsed

  • Judith Lasalle endorsed

  • Shawheen Blount endorsed

    “Brock Turner needs to pay for his crimes and that Judge Persky needs to He is not a fair judge. He has no empathy for women whatsoever.”

  • Su endorsed

  • ottowes endorsed

  • Penni Miles endorsed

  • Neg Noori endorsed

    “Any judge or person in a higher position (district attorney in my case) who doesn't take RAPE or any form of assault/abuse seriously has clearly no sense of morality and extremely POOR JUDGEMENT. He's abusing his power as many in our judicial system do way too often (sadly). Not only are these rapists destroying lives, but these corrupt so-called "judges" are destroying lives as well and putting others in danger. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR RAPE. Put them BOTH in prison.”

  • Betty Abadia endorsed

  • Jennifer Cohen endorsed

    “Enough is enough! This madness must end!”

  • A endorsed

  • Dawn endorsed

    “Enough is Enough!”

  • Jennifer Townsend endorsed

  • Bonita Silver endorsed

  • Sharon Geaghan endorsed

    “Because of my experiences at Dartmouth and my four young daughters”

  • nancy endorsed

    “Rape is assault but worse in its consequences for the innocent victim. The mental and bodily trauma will never go away. That's a lifetime sentence. Laws must fit the crime. Rapists must be sentenced to a minimum of a year with absolutely no probation.”

  • Anne-Marie Hamilton endorsed

  • Allyson Ford endorsed

  • Rebecca Dixon endorsed

  • Terry Bates endorsed

  • Shannon Jackson endorsed

  • Christi Elizabeth Dillon endorsed

  • Jeremy Bunda endorsed

  • Jimmy Phi endorsed

  • Mary Lou Ramirez endorsed

    “It's ridiculous how this rapist was basically told that what he did was not all that bad! Where's the justice? Where's the lesson? He needs to know that what he did was a CRIME and it was WRONG and he needs to account for what he did!!! The judge basically gave him a get out of jail free card, life is not a game.”