Senate Republicans Join in Raising Awareness about Sexual Assault

Read excerpts of Stanford University rape survivor’s impact statement on Senate Floor
Monday, June 13, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Today, members of the Legislative Women’s Caucus raised awareness about sexual assault on college campuses by reading excerpts of the Stanford University rape survivor’s impact statement on the Senate floor. Senators in the Legislative Women’s Caucus read a portion of the moving statement by “Emily Doe,” whose identity is being protected.

Below are excerpts of the survivor’s statement read by Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield), Senator Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), and Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove):

Senator Bates:

“Your Honor, if it is all right, for the majority of this statement I would like to address the defendant directly. You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today. On January 17th, 2015, it was a quiet Saturday night at home. My dad made some dinner and I sat at the table with my younger sister who was visiting for the weekend. I was working full time and it was approaching my bed time. I planned to stay at home by myself, watch some TV and read, while she went to a party with her friends. Then, I decided it was my only night with her, I had nothing better to do, so why not, there’s a dumb party ten minutes from my house, I would go, dance like a fool, and embarrass my younger sister…”

Leader Fuller:

“… I tried to push it out of my mind, but it was so heavy I didn’t talk, I didn’t eat, I didn’t sleep, I didn’t interact with anyone. After work, I would drive to a secluded place to scream. I didn’t talk, I didn’t eat, I didn’t sleep, I didn’t interact with anyone, and I became isolated from the ones I loved most. For over a week after the incident, I didn’t get any calls or updates about that night or what happened to me. The only symbol that proved that it hadn’t just been a bad dream, was the sweatshirt from the hospital in my drawer….”

Senator Nguyen:

“… To sit under oath and inform all of us, that yes I wanted it, yes I permitted it, and that you are the true victim attacked by Swedes for reasons unknown to you is appalling, is demented, is selfish, is damaging. It is enough to be suffering. It is another thing to have someone ruthlessly working to diminish the gravity of validity of this suffering…”

Media can view videos HERE:
https://vimeo.com/170532550

Media can read the survivor’s full statement on the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s website:
https://www.sccgov.org/sites/da/newsroom/newsreleases/Pages/NRA2016/Turner-Sentencing.aspx