In response to the case at Stanford, the Assemblymembers will seek to update the definition of rape to meet FBI standards in California.
(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymembers Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), Vice-Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, and Susan Eggman (D-Stockton), Chair of the LGBT Caucus, today called on their colleagues in Sacramento to join them and pass legislation to redefine rape under California Penal Code 261.
Currently, California law defines rape as “an act of sexual intercourse” under circumstances in which a victim is unconscious or incapable of giving consent, among other criteria. In addition, other types of sexual assault in the state of California—including forcible acts of sexual penetration by any foreign object—are defined and categorized as different crimes. Under this definition, the perpetrator in the Stanford case was only convicted of sexual assault, rather than rape.