- Created: Friday, 30 September 2016 09:24
(SACRAMENTO)- Governor Brown helps California take a step in the right direction to end the rape culture by updating an antiquated rape definition and signing AB701. The legislation was introduced in response to a loophole in California state penal code that the Brock Turner case highlighted. AB701, joint authored by Assemblymembers Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), Vice-Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, and Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), Chair of the LGBT Caucus, will add Section 263.1 to the Penal Code, which would state that all forms of non-consensual sexual assault may be considered rape for purposes of the gravity of the offense and the support of survivors.
“Sexual penetration without consent is rape. It is never invited, wanted or warranted. Rape is rape, period,” said Assemblymember Garcia. "When we fail to call rape “rape,” we rob survivors and their families of the justice they deserve.”