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Brock Turner judge hires Trump campaign consultant

Recall, retain efforts ramp up fundraising in anticipation of 2018 ballot measure

Aaron Persky, the Santa Clara County judge facing a recall measure next year in the wake of his controversial sentencing of former Stanford University student Brock Turner, has hired a political consultant who worked as the Arizona state director for Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

A financial disclosure form filed Monday by Persky's retain campaign shows payments totaling $30,000 to Phoenix-based RDP Strategies, owned by Brian Seitchik. Under Seitchik's direction, Trump won Arizona, taking 48 percent of the votes. Seitchik has also worked as communications director for the California Republican Party and former Congressman Dan Lungren's chief of staff.

Seitchik and Persky did not immediately return requests for comment.

Persky and his opposition, the Recall Persky Campaign, have been fundraising over the last several months as they gear up for the recall vote, which is set to come before Santa Clara County voters next June. The recall campaign, led by Stanford University law professor Michele Dauber, is working to unseat a judge she argues has shown a pattern of bias against victims of sexual violence and defendants of color. Dauber launched the effort after Persky sentenced Turner to six months in county jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on Stanford's campus in 2015, sparking widespread outrage.

Persky has not spoken publicly since his sentencing of Turner last summer, save in campaign statements. He recently defended his role as a judge to "consider rehabilitation and probation for first-time offenders" and follow the law "without regard to public opinion or my opinions as a former prosecutor."

Persky has so far raised $63,910 this calendar year, according to his campaign filing, compared to the recall campaign's $120,624. The recall effort has raised a total of $444,000 since 2016, according to Dauber.

Persky raised $64,618 in 2016, his disclosure forms show.

In the most recent filing period, which covers March through June of this year, Persky received $18,812 in contributions, while the recall effort recorded $59,643 in donations for the same period.

Financial support for Persky's campaign has come almost exclusively from attorneys and judges up and down the state. Local donors for this reporting period include Kipp Davis, a Mountain View attorney with the Santa Clara County Public Defender Office ($250), and Lynne Lampros, deputy town attorney for the town of Los Gatos ($100).

Mark Geragos, a criminal defense lawyer who has represented clients like Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder and Scott Peterson, raised about $1,000 for Persky at an event, according to the campaign filing.

Persky has spent about $73,000 so far — the bulk of it going to Seitchik — with about $42,000 left in his campaign coffers.

Earlier this year, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen endorsed Persky, but the financial disclosure form does not show he has made any financial contributions.

The recall campaign has drawn financial support from a range of sources, its disclosure forms show. Engineers, attorneys, educators, CEOs and even a chef from Burlingame donated during this reporting period.

Local donors include former Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt, who has donated $400; Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education Member Jennifer DiBrienza, who gave $100; and Cindy Hendrickson, a prosecutor in the county District Attorney's Office who has said she plans to run for Persky's seat, who gave $100.

Other notable contributors include David Glick, the vice president of Amazon ($100); Casey Gwinn, president of the Alliance for HOPE International, which supports sexual-violence survivors and their children ($50); author Jon Krakauer, who wrote "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town" and attended a Palo Alto fundraiser for the recall campaign this spring ($100); Off the Sidelines, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's women's advocacy campaign ($1,000).

The recall campaign's largest donation this period came from Satish Dharmraj, a venture capitalist with Redpoint Ventures who gave $5,000, according to the filing.

Dauber has donated in kind to the campaign $1,147 to date this calendar year.

The bulk of the $64,300 in expenditures by or on behalf of the recall campaign this calendar year went toward mailers and signature-gathering efforts.

The campaign received $8,050 in non-monetary contributions from the Progressive Women Silicon Valley State PAC for mailers and also $14,685 for signature gathering.

The Committee to Recall Judge Persky has also paid three Los Angeles organizations for mailers, including $2,513 to the Council of Concerned Woman Voters, $2,553 to the Coalition for Senior Citizen Security and $1,033 to Our Voice Latino Voter Guide, according to the disclosure form.

The recall effort has also hired Sacramento-based Deane & Company for its political reporting and treasury services, with payments to date of about $9,700.

Joe Trippi, a campaign consultant who has worked on several Democratic presidential campaigns, is also working for the campaign on a pro-bono basis, Dauber said. His firm is overseeing the recall campaign's website operations and social media.

The campaign recorded a payment of $599 to Joe Trippi & Associates, which also paid software company NationBuilder $771 on behalf of the recall effort for office expenses.

The campaign has an outstanding balance of $6,312 for Trippi's firm, also for office expenses.

The recall campaign still has a balance of $353,726.

Gathering the 58,634 voter signatures required to put the measure on the June 2018 ballot is the recall campaign's next step. Dauber told the Weekly Thursday that the campaign is awaiting county approval for an official petition that will be circulated to voters, with 300 volunteers signed up and a prominent Democratic petition-management firm, PCI Consultants, hired to help with the effort. The campaign paid the firm $10,314 during this reporting period.

"We have an entire operation that's scaled up both on the paid side and the volunteer side that is literally ready to walk out the door and start gathering signatures the minute the county gives us permission," Dauber said.

The campaign will have 160 days to gather the required number of signatures.

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Editor's note: This story was updated to correct information that stated the recall campaign had paid Joe Trippi for consulting services. Trippi's firm is managing the campaign's website and social media on a pro-bono basis.

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20 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 3, 2017 at 10:03 am

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14 people like this
Posted by Telemarkskier
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 3, 2017 at 10:45 am

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25 people like this
Posted by One word
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Aug 3, 2017 at 10:58 am

One word came to mind when I read the headline: "Figures"


59 people like this
Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 3, 2017 at 11:14 am

mauricio is a registered user.

This is shockingly unsurprising. Persky seems to have the same regard for women as Trump, so hiring a Trump consultant is just the natural progression for him. [Portion removed.]


45 people like this
Posted by Wow
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 3, 2017 at 11:43 am

Judge Persky (for now) seems pretty tone deaf as well as in favor of student athletes. I am voting for recall based on his record of lenient sentences for student athletes. Hiring a Trump advisor shows me that Persky is not interested in changing but is instead, digging in his heels and doubling down on his decisions. Too bad. If he came outcand said that he had showed unconscious bias and was willing to change, I may have changed my mind.

The inability to admit wrong in our leaders is a huge problem. For those worried about an independant judiciary - the recall process is part of that. It was intended for this purpose when a judge makes rulings that are biased and beyond the pale.

Further, just accepting the probation report should not be an excuse. We have judges to evaluate reports and make decisions. Of course, they take them into account but are supposed to use their discretion. We do not vote for the people in the probation dept.


36 people like this
Posted by Stew Pid
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 3, 2017 at 11:49 am

Let's just dump him already.


11 people like this
Posted by James S. Ferris
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 3, 2017 at 12:11 pm

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28 people like this
Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 3, 2017 at 12:23 pm

Novelera is a registered user.

It's encouraging to read about the large war chest the Recall Committee has gotten together. Six months in jail was SO outrageous and inappropriate for what Brock Turner did. We can also hope for, perhaps, a chilling effect for other judges who are so tone deaf on sexual assaults by privileged white guys.


16 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 3, 2017 at 12:33 pm

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24 people like this
Posted by M. Driscoll
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm

The guy is obviously running scared and fears the recall efforts.


10 people like this
Posted by Mark Silverman
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 3, 2017 at 1:36 pm

How come the Persky supporters/donors aren't listed? Are they afraid of being exposed?


21 people like this
Posted by Mom
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Aug 3, 2017 at 1:38 pm

I like his another name, Brock Turner judge. I hope people keep using it. We can continue using it even after he is recalled, in order to remember the outrageous event.


51 people like this
Posted by Turned off
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 3, 2017 at 1:45 pm

This hysteria over this single judge is what happens when emotion takes over reason and a leader is willing to exploit it. Emotion attracts support and money, here mostly from people far away from those who have no vote on the matter - that is restricted to those of us living in Santa Clara Co. I resent the outside money and influence Dauber is seeking to try to get the result she wants in our local election, particularly when 1 judge hardly matters to the system.

This absentee support base share the usual trait in this recall of having little or no grasp of the real facts (it wasn't rape), or the investigatory system in our county that all judges including Persky rely on for sentencing reccomendations.

[Portion removed.]


19 people like this
Posted by 38 year resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 3, 2017 at 1:46 pm

It doesn't matter who he hired. If Hillary Clinton had a strategist on her team that could help take the heat off of Persky, he would have hired that person.


58 people like this
Posted by Karen
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 3, 2017 at 1:52 pm

[Portion removed.] My son was accused of rape on campus about 15 years ago. He went through emotional hell...his name became the symbol of rape on campus. Through his lawyer, which my husband and I paid for, he requested a jury trial. He was acquitted. Five years later, the young woman confessed that she made the whole thing up, because she was jealous of another young woman who started dating my son. [Portion removed.]


28 people like this
Posted by liberal agenda at Palo Alto Weekly
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 3, 2017 at 2:11 pm

one more example by trying to tie Persky with Trump. Pathetic.


27 people like this
Posted by Grab "em by their ....
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Aug 3, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Good for Prof. Dauber. It's high time that there was someone on the side of Silicon Valley girls and women. esp. when so much is being done nationally to undermine women's rights, when some GOP politicians are threatening to shoot women legislators and when ignoring women political speakers is now a matter of course in Trump's Washington, DC.

Anyone have any information about where we can go to sign the recall petition?


38 people like this
Posted by Mob Mentality
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 3, 2017 at 2:25 pm

@ Turned Off and @ Karen

I completely agree. [Portion removed.] Judge Persky ruled according to the law [portion removed.] (Karen I'm so sorry your son was the victim in his devastating experience.) This Stanford Daily article nails it. Lowering the burden of proof on campus is a scary proposition. Both parties deserve fair representation. It's the basis of our democracy:

Web Link


17 people like this
Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 3, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Annette is a registered user.

@Mob Mentality - thank you for the link to the letter written by the Stanford alum - Class of 2016.

I do not support the recall and I think it only reasonable that Persky would assemble a team to help him retain his position on the bench. Given how aggressively Ms. Dauber is pursuing the recall, Persky needs a strong team and a proven strategist. But optics matter and choosing someone aligned with Trump is not a good optic in this county. That move was essentially a gift to Persky's detractors; Dauber must have jumped for joy.


32 people like this
Posted by Michelle
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 3, 2017 at 3:35 pm

Karen - I am sorry your son was victimized. That is too bad. That is not what happened in the Brock Turner case or the other lenient student athlete cases.

In the Turner case, there were two sober witnesses that saw the sexual assault. Please don't conflate this situation with yours.

One judge does matter. The fact that people think it doesn't makes me believe you don't understand the legal system. Go down and watch any court one day. It is actually pretty ama I have the amount of power that judges have over many lives.

I am not hysterical and I live in SCC. Recalling Aaron Persky is the right thing to do for public safety.


3 people like this
Posted by Aron Turner
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 3, 2017 at 3:43 pm

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20 people like this
Posted by bryan
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 3, 2017 at 4:34 pm

@Turned off

It wasn't rape? Two witnesses caught him penetrating an unconscious woman behind a dumpster.


38 people like this
Posted by Michele Dauber
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 3, 2017 at 4:36 pm

I write to respond to the completely inaccurate allegation that the recall campaign is supported by "outside money." We have received more than 3500 individual donations, the vast majority of which are $100 or less. 92% of donations come from California. Two-thirds are from Santa Clara and San Mateo County (the vast majority are from the Bay Area). More than 75% of donations of $500 or more are from Santa Clara and San Mateo County, and more than 90% of donations of $500 or more are from CA.

Our donors come from all walks of life -- from tech CEOs and VCs to lawyers to waitresses and students and moms and dads. We have supporters from Palo Alto to Milpitas, from Campbell to Morgan Hill and Gilroy, and from East San Jose to Almaden. Our supporters come from every ethnic and racial and gender background and across every income group. Our supporters -- like our nearly 4 dozen elected officials who have endorsed this campaign -- are representative of this county. Voters in this county want Judge Persky to leave the bench. In June 2018 we will have the chance to vote on that issue and we are 100% confident that another candidate will be elected at that time.

To join our 3500 diverse donors, please visit: Web Link

Together we can make a difference and end rape culture in Silicon Valley. Join us!


19 people like this
Posted by Retired Professor
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 3, 2017 at 4:42 pm

[Portion removed.]

Perhaps His Honor Persky weighed both sides of the incident in an effort to reach a happy medium in terms of damage control, overall responsibilities and fairness to all parties.

As it stands, Brock Turner's name and career options are down the drain and he blew an opportunity to attend Stanford University on a full athletic scholarship. The woman on the other hand, remains somewhat anonymous and retains a certain degree of freedom to go about her business and life.








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Posted by liberal agenda at Palo Alto Weekly
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 3, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Michelle Dauber- please enlighten us and define exactly what you mean by "rape culture in Silicon Valley". Are you saying we the citizens of this are condone rape?? is what you are saying. If not what "culture" are you talking about? Are you saying male employees of high tech companies condone rape? Please help me understand.


31 people like this
Posted by Jane Gill
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 3, 2017 at 4:56 pm


I love the enlightened Palo Altans commenting here.

Many of them back the Sanctuary City protections given to convicted illegal felons to shield them from ICE, while at the same time they savage Judge Persky for following the fairly-recently instituted state sentencing guidelines for judges to give leniency to first-time offenders. Go figure.


15 people like this
Posted by 38 year resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 3, 2017 at 5:03 pm

to @ liberal agenda at Palo Alto Weekly....don't hold your breath. Dauber has an agenda whether you agree with her or not.


31 people like this
Posted by Stretch
a resident of another community
on Aug 3, 2017 at 5:08 pm

@ Retired Professor: you have a problem with the woman involved going on with her business and life? She didn't ask to be raped by some thug of an opportunist. His actions resulted in a life change for him, and so they should. He is lucky (ha!) not to be in jail!


35 people like this
Posted by Michelle
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 3, 2017 at 5:47 pm

@retired professor - Did you read the victim statement? She gets to go on? She was sexually assaulted while unconscious. Brock Turner chose to assault her. Big difference. How can you even say this? Is this the 1950's? these types of comments truly frighten me. [Portion removed.]


30 people like this
Posted by Mob Mentality
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 3, 2017 at 5:48 pm

@ Michele Dauber: "Voters in this county want Judge Persky to leave the bench."

Ms. Dauber does not speak for all voters in this county and especially not for me. I am a woman with children (both boys and girls). I do NOT support this recall. I'm looking forward to casting my vote in favor of the Honorable Judge Persky retaining his position.

I am confident that reason and the law, instead of emotion, will prevail. There is a reason why Lady Justice has a set of scales and a blind-fold on. It's the reason why (as the Stanford Daily article link above mentions) both parties need fair representation and lowering the burden of proof on college campuses is a dangerous precedent (a woman is not right 100 percent of the time @ Karen). As such, colleges need to get out of the justice business and so do people people who are set on making issues black and white (@ the Recall Persky Campaign). Leave justice to the courts. Leave education to the colleges.

Since Michele Dauber has posted the link to the Recall Persky Campaign above and is soliciting donations, I just looked up the link to the retain Persky Campaign: Web Link . It lists endorsements from respected Judges such as Ladoris Cordell, Civil Rights Leader and retired Judge.

I hadn't planned on donating, but I just did. Thanks for the inspiration PA Weekly!


26 people like this
Posted by Mark Silverman
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 3, 2017 at 5:49 pm

> Many of them back the Sanctuary City protections given to convicted illegal felons to shield them from ICE, while at the same time they savage Judge Persky for following the fairly-recently instituted state sentencing guidelines for judges to give leniency to first-time offenders. Go figure.
@Jane Gill

That's PA in general. Palo Altans support the concept of sanctuary cities but they wouldn't want one in their town. They support legal medical/recreational marijuana but don't want any dispensaries in their town. They support low-income residencies but wouldn't want any 'projects' built next door their escalating property values. Yes, go figure.

Glad to be a Menlo Park resident instead. We have an old PA sort of 'vibe' minus the overall neuroses.


34 people like this
Posted by Another Stanford Professor
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 3, 2017 at 6:01 pm

I've met Judge Persky and he's a regular guy. Enjoys baseball, kids and dogs.

Professor Dauber is more along the lines of a Gloria Allred type whose mantra always seems to be, "Oh, the outrage" while ostensibly milking the cow for added publicity and name recognition.

Just saying.


12 people like this
Posted by R. Luck
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Aug 3, 2017 at 6:06 pm

Judge Persky will be retained following the recall election. You heard it here first.

And hopefully Brock Turner has learned from this unfortunate incident.


29 people like this
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 3, 2017 at 6:52 pm

"Unfortunate incident"?? You must be referring to the travesty of justice - the hideous law that resulted in such light sentencing guidelines.


18 people like this
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 3, 2017 at 7:04 pm

People, there's a reason the lousy loophole law allowing Turner to be sentenced to so little time is no longer law. This is a very good thing. As one who has extensive experience working with victims of violent crimes, IMO this change in law is much more important than recalling Persky. Now we need to pressure authorities to actually process the rape kits in our state. There's no good reason not to be processing them.

Jane Gill - here's a hint - it wasn't just because he was a first time sex offender. Also, your characterization of Palo Alto residents supporting undocumented felons in their community is quite off base, given the meetings I've attended and decision makers I've heard. Try harder next time - your deliberate mischaracterization is quite obvious.


3 people like this
Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 3, 2017 at 7:18 pm

> How come the Persky supporters/donors aren't listed? Are they afraid
> of being exposed?

All of the donors, on both sides of this issue, are required by State law to document their donors. These documents are public documents. A couple weeks ago, the Post printed the names and donations of all of the donors, for and against.

The Weekly seems to have only chosen to print the names of the pro-donors, it seems.


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Posted by liberal agenda at Palo Alto Weekly
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 3, 2017 at 7:41 pm

Michelle Dauber obviously has an agenda and earlier asked for donations to stop "the rape culture in silicon valley" .

Sounds this term sounds awful and i'm sure many of us would love to contribute to the cause. However i was raised to ask for data or rationale before I give my money away. So Michelle, please help all of the potential donors on this post with some further clarification and data to support your claim of a "rape culture" here in our community. thank you


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 3, 2017 at 8:04 pm

> We have received more than 3500 individual donations,
> the vast majority of which are $100 or less.

> 92% of donations come from California.

Since only people in Santa Clara County can vote--why are people outside the Santa Clara County Court jurisdiction contributing? Got to wonder what motivates people enough to contribute to a recall campaign that they can not fully understand.

> Two-thirds are from Santa Clara and San Mateo County
> (the vast majority are from the Bay Area).

San Mateo contributors are not going to be voting, are they? Again, how many San Mateo voters are likely to have been involved in a court case involving Persky?
More than 75% of donations of $500 or more are from Santa Clara and San Mateo County,

> and more than 90% of donations of $500 or more are from CA.

Again--contributors outside of Santa Clara County are not going to be voting in this election, and those voters who are can only wonder what motivates people outside our jurisdiction to try to manipulate the thinking of the voters who are?

From digging through the Post's listing of the Recall contributors, notice how the big donors' contributions add up quickly:

Reid Hoffman 25000
Gisel Kordestani 10350
Pinney L. Allen 10000
Eva K. Grove 10000
Paula Rantz 10000
Linda McGeever 7000
Karen F. Grove 5000
Michele Kirsch 5000
Terry Winograd 5000
Joe McCarthy 5000

These ten people's contributions amount up to about $90,000.


16 people like this
Posted by Hillary West
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 3, 2017 at 9:40 pm

First time posting and some observations from a Palo Alto resident who has followed the case.
1. Interesting that there were several postings that were blocked on this feed? Usually not that many on other topics?
2. Surprising how much emotion was contained in many of the posts after such a long time has passed. It shows this is a representative case, not necessarily only about the Turner outcome.
3. Therefore I looked up Mr.Persky's record and apparently there have been several cases in which he has consistently delivered a very lenient sentence. The common denominator has been the accused was a male school athlete. Persky was listed as a Stanford graduate who was an athlete while attending school. Maybe an overabundance of empathy?
4. Three important things that weren't mentioned in the posts I've seen so far.
a) [Portion removed.]
b) I read that the victim had passed out and was unconscious during the time Turner was on top of her.It's troubling that he didn't call 911 since she was unconscious. This is beyond having unwanted sex. Her life might have been at risk since she was outside on the ground and could have had any number of complications without medical help. Instead he decided to have a little action. This point troubles me greatly.
c) [Portion removed.]
If there is anything I got wrong, corrections are welcomed. I haven't been involved close enough but I have followed the case and have been distressed that this was a no win for anyone. The victim I am sure will carry the trauma forever, there were witnessed so she didn't make it up, Turner with a father like that will have a difficult time becoming an empathic person and I hope he makes it but he has quite a hill to climb, and Judge Persky has not shown the best judgement by blaming his ruling on his colleague nor by hiring a Trump- associated publicity person. I am concerned about his decisions because of his pattern of leniency toward young male athletes which he doesn't see as problematic, his excuse while as a judge of relying for his sentencing decision on his colleague's suggestion (probation officer?), and am concerned by whom he hired for advice, shelling out $30K to someone just arrived reeking from the DC swamp.


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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 3, 2017 at 10:24 pm

I am disgusted that there are two professors on this post basically saying that what Brock did was no big deal. This is a much bigger problem than whether Persky gets recalled. No wonder it is so difficult to prosecute rapists on college campuses when professors are proud to defend this behavior. Stanford might be good academically but I would never send a child there.


35 people like this
Posted by Bob
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 3, 2017 at 11:13 pm

It would be nice if everyone posting here thought to themselves, "what if it were my daughter who was sexually penetrated while unconscious". Would you still have the same reaction, or still think just no big deal she can easily recover and get on with her life.

Please do a little research on rape and the lingering PTSD, especially you retired professor.


24 people like this
Posted by Mom
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Aug 4, 2017 at 8:15 am

I don't think the victims of rape are dirty at all although unfortunately some people and the victims themselves still do. Based on what I read about Stanford through various sources, rape incidents there are so often. When I walk on the campus and see female students, I can't help thinking that quite a few of them were raped and struggling with their trauma. I feel for their parents who sent their cheerful intelligent daughters to Stanford and then they come out as the survivors of rape after 4 years.


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Posted by Just Say'in
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 4, 2017 at 9:20 am

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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 4, 2017 at 9:47 am

mauricio is a registered user.

When reading comments such as those of "Mob mentality" and "Jane Gil", and understand the state of mind they represent, you begin to understand why the rape culture and the sexual abuse women abuse are so entrenched in the culture of Stanford and Silicon Valley, and why judges like Persky make it nearly impossible to eliminate .


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Posted by PA Parent
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 4, 2017 at 10:51 am

PA Parent is a registered user.

1) [Portion removed.]
2) The Judge took the sentencing recommendation from the probation department, which is not unusual. Why isn't anyone calling for them to be fired?


27 people like this
Posted by Pro Rider
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 4, 2017 at 2:26 pm

Pro Rider is a registered user.

What men JUST DO NOT GET about rape and sexual assault is that it is not only an invasion of personal space, not just a physical violation, but also an actual and unwanted invasion of internal body space!


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Posted by Cid Young
a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2017 at 6:13 pm

Cid Young is a registered user.

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Posted by "Birds of a feather..."
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 7, 2017 at 11:25 am

"Birds of a feather..." is a registered user.

Birds of a feather...and so it goes.

Dear fellow citizens, let's work together to make BOTH major parties listen better to the people. They fight for party power, not for us. We must make them change that.

Democracy is not a spectator sport.


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