Professor Arenella Quoted in Christian Science Monitor on Why Changing the Definition of Rape in CA Won’t Fix Lax Sentencing

June 20, 2016—Professor Perter Arenella was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article on why changing the definition of rape in California isn’t the best solution for effectively solving issues of lax sentencing in cases involving sexual violence. Changing the definition of rape in California has been proposed to include sexual penetration of a foreign object without consent, motivated by the conviction and sentence of ex-Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner.

“After evaluating the risk Turner presented to public safety, a probation officer recommended that he receive a "moderate county jail sentence, formal probation, and sexual offender treatment,"” said Professor Arenella, “what was lost along the way was the need to provide the victim with retribution for the crime committed against her.”

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