On Monday, California legislators passed a law effectively closing the legal loophole that allowed Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky to sentence excellent swimmer and convicted rapist Brock Turner to just six months in prison for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on the Stanford University campus. Oh, and because of "good behavior," Turner's serving just three months of that sentence, and will be released on Friday.
In June, Turner was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape, penetration of an intoxicated person, and penetration of an unconscious person.
The problem is, according to California law, rape must include penetration with the attacker's penis for the crime to be considered rape, hence the possibility of a lenient sentence.
California law also currently calls for a mandatory prison term in cases of rape or sexual assault involving force, except for those cases in which the victim is unconscious or too drunk to resist.
The new legislation consists of two bills: one which redefines California's legal definition of rape to include other kinds of penetration, and one which imposes a mandatory minimum sentence for rape. Under the new law, Turner would have been sentenced to a minimum of three years in prison.