THE LETTER

Here is the text of the letter we will be sending to the Commission of Judicial Performance:

June 14, 2016

Commission on Judicial Performance
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 14400
San Francisco, California 94102

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing this letter in support of the recall of Judge Aaron Persky.

My dissent at his bench assignment is a reflection of my larger dissatisfaction with the proliferation of rape culture in the United States.

My stance concerning rape culture is as follows:

It is unacceptable that we live in a society where victim blaming is tolerated in discussions concerning cases of rape and sexual assault.

It is unacceptable that we live in a society where women fear reporting rape, sexual assault, and gender-based hate crimes.

It is unacceptable that we live in a society where the color of a man’s skin, his level of affluence, and his level of formal education remain deciding factors in his sentencing.

It is unacceptable that we live in a society where the color of a woman’s skin, her level of affluence, her level of formal education, and the possibility of her employment in the sex industry remain deciding factors in how much weight we place on her accusations against abuse and rape.

It is unacceptable that we live in a society where a man’s level of intoxication is a valid excuse for the perpetration of sexual abuse and rape.

It is unacceptable that we live in a society where an elected official can be deemed fit to hold office or the bench while espousing the above values.

My dissent is part of a national movement with the goal of overcoming rape culture in the United States.

I, the undersigned, implore you to consider the removal of Judge Aaron Persky as a necessary, practical, and symbolic step towards this goal. Future generations will look at this moment and see clearly that some Americans were on the right side of history, and some were on the wrong.

I urge you to stand with the right side of history.

Sincerely,

Concerned Citizen of the United States of America Standing with Grlcvlt NYC