STATEMENT: UltraViolet Responds to Reports Judge Aaron Persky Will No Longer Hear Criminal Cases

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 26, 2016

Contact: Brett Abrams | 516-841-1105 | brett@unbendablemedia.com

STATEMENT: UltraViolet Responds to Reports Judge Aaron Persky Will No Longer Hear Criminal Cases

CALIFORNIA — Yesterday, at his own request, California Judge Aaron Persky was reassigned and will no longer hear criminal cases. The decision came after months of constant public outcry to remove Judge Persky from the bench following his sentencing of a mere six months to Stanford athlete Brock Turner for raping an unconscious woman.

Effective September 6, Persky will hear cases in the civil division. The new assignment, however, will not be permanent, as judicial assignments rotate every year.

Nita Chaudhary, Co-founder of Ultraviolet, Issued the following statement:

“In case after case, Judge Persky has allowed his own personal bias to distort the criminal justice system to the benefit of privileged men—rapists, abusers and possessors of child porn—over the survivors of their crimes. These developments are an important first step, and show the power of what happens when millions of people stand up to rape culture. But there’s more work to do. As we have said from day one, Persky must go.”

On Wednesday, August 24th, activists from UltraViolet rallied outside of the California Commission on Judicial Performance and delivered giant pink slips reading, “Notice of Termination. Reason: Protecting Perpetrators, Not Survivors. #PerskyMustGo.”

Since news of Judge Persky’s verdict in the Brock Turner case broke, UltraViolet has:

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UltraViolet is an online community of over 1,000,000 women and men who want to take collective action to expose and fight sexism in the public sector, private sector and the media. Find out more at WeAreUltraViolet.org.