Audrie's Law Introduced by Sen. Jim Beall

March 05, 2014

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SACRAMENTO – Senator Jim Beall will hold a news conference Friday to unveil Audrie’s Law, a legislative proposal aimed at deterring the bullying, cyberbullying and sexual assault that played roles in the suicide of Audrie Pott, a 15-year-old Saratoga High student.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen and Audrie’s mother, Sheila Pott, will join Sen. Beall. The bill was drafted by the District Attorney’s Office after consulting with Audrie’s family.

The news conference is scheduled for: Friday, March 7; 9:30 10:30 a.m.; Saratoga Library; 13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga.

The bill, scheduled to be introduced this week, is the direct result of Audrie’s tragic death. Audrie took her life on Sept. 12, 2012, after she was sexually assaulted while unconscious and rumors of the event and photos of her were disseminated.

On her facebook page, Audrie wrote: “My life is ruined...I am in hell...The whole school knows...My life is over...."

Perpetrators of many sexual assault cases in juvenile court end up serving short sentences, punishments that many believe are too lenient given the severity of their crimes. Despite the devastation they have caused, these perpetrators are then free, able to continue their lives, education, and careers in anonymity. Their violent crimes are basically invisible to the community.

“What happened to Audrie must not happen again,’’ Beall said. “As a long-time advocate for children, I believe this new legislation will bring justice for victims and update the law to make it relevant to our 21st century ‘connected’ society.’’

Rosen said, "Victims of sexual assault and their families are no less devastated because the offender was a juvenile. Audrie's legacy, through this proposed law, will protect victims' rights by making the consequences of cyberbullying more severe. It also throws open previously closed court doors so that the public may hold everyone accountable in the wake of these tragic cases. We commend the Pott Family and Senator Beall for their determined efforts to bring justice to crime victims."