In response to the Stanford University case that has drawn national attention, three California lawmakers are pushing for an expanded definition of rape under state law. California law now describes rape as "an act of sexual intercourse."
Under this definition, ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner was instead convicted of sexual assault. Many states have adopted the more inclusive FBI definition, which labels rape as penetration with any body part or object.
Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens calls this gap a "loophole" in the criminal code. She introduced legislation Monday to change the definition.
Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, California Democratic Assemblymember for District 58, including Artesia, Bell Gardens, Norwalk and Montebello; She’s introduced AB701, which seeks to broaden the definition of rape
William Weinberg, criminal defense lawyer based in Irvine, California