“I want the judge to know that he ignited a tiny fire.”

In a powerful letter that went viral last June, the Stanford Survivor known only as Emily Doe courageously addressed Brock Turner, the young man who dragged her behind a dumpster and sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious.

Judge Persky listened to Emily's impassioned cry for justice – then he sentenced Turner to only six months in county jail. Prosecutors asked that Brock Turner be sentenced to six years in prison. The minimum sentence for his crimes was two years and he could have faced a maximum of 14 years.

Judge Persky made a special exception for an elite athlete at a top university. Persky reasoned that a longer sentence would have a "severe impact" on Turner. On top of it all, Turner was released early on good behavior after serving only three months of his sentence.

With her compelling words, Emily did more than ignite a tiny fire – she sparked an entire movement to recall Judge Persky and sent the message that survivors deserve better.

This is not an isolated incident for Judge Persky – he has a disturbing history of shielding offenders of domestic and sexual violence from justice – and was recently re-elected to a new six-year term because he ran unopposed in the last election.

We need judges who understand violence against women and take it seriously.

On June 26, 2017 Santa Clara County leaders filed the official Notice of Intent to begin collecting signatures to recall Judge Aaron Persky. Our petition was approved by the county and we began collecting signatures! 

Then, in a last-ditch effort to stop the recall campaign, Judge Persky filed a frivolous lawsuit to avoid the democratic process.

The California Constitution grants the voters the power to recall a judge. We meticulously followed the law to craft our petition and it was approved by the county registrar office. Even the California Secretary of State and Attorney General advocated for our recall effort in court and we prevailed!

Judge Persky’s attempt to derail our campaign and stifle our First Amendment rights is just another reason he needs to be recalled.

As of October 11, 2017, the recall campaign has collected 45,000 signatures -- we are halfway to our goal of 90,000 signatures to qualify the recall.

If you are a registered Santa Clara County voter that is interested in signing our petition, find an event near you.

On the June 2018 ballot, voters will have a choice to recall and replace Judge Persky.

We are confident this is a battle we can win – and that it will have an impact not just in Santa Clara County, but across the country.

The recall won’t be easy – it takes significant funds to collect and certify 90,000 signatures, but survivors like Emily Doe deserve our help in their fight for justice.

Learn more at recallaaronperksy.com.

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  • Cassandra Hoff endorsed

    “This Judge did not uphold justice. Judges that abuse their discretion to protect rapists instead of victims are not fit to sit on the bench.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • Jennifer Cohen endorsed

    “Enough is enough! This madness must end!”

  • Dawn endorsed

    “Enough is Enough!”

  • 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.”

November 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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    “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.”

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    “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.”

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    “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.”

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    “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.”

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