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Audrie’s Law Proposed after Teenager's Suicide
It's every parent's worst nightmare and a haunting reminder of the horrors of social media and cyberbullying in today's society. Audrie Pott was a gifted artist and high school student who attended Saratoga High School in California. One night, Audrie found herself at a party where she passed out in a nearby bedroom. Three students performed various horrific sexual acts on her, while someone took pictures. Those pictures led to intense cyberbullying and ridicule. Sadly, this young and talented teenager was unable to endure the brutal sexual attack combined with the social taunting. Audrie Pott committed suicide just 8 days after the attack.

Tragically, the girl's family did not even know about the sexual abuse until after her suicide. They are seeking to hold the boys accountable for their actions and to make sure this never happens again. Their attorney, Robert Allard, says that these students not only sexually abused an unconscious girl, but also shared photos of this horrific attack.

"They did unimaginable things to her while she was unconscious," said Mr. Allard. "What these boys did is beyond unconscionable. They should be held to the highest standard of the law."

Now lawmakers are stepping up to the plate. Senate Bill 838 , if passed and signed into law, would allow juveniles who sexually assault an unconscious victim to be tried as an adult. The proposed legislation that was announced earlier this month seeks to close a loophole in the law that currently makes it less serious to rape someone who is unconscious. Audrie’s Law would also include a cyberbullying statute to make it a felony to share sexual photos on social media.

Proponents of the new law believe that teenagers who sexually abuse innocent unconscious victims should be tried as adults and sentenced to harsher prison sentences, not just juvenile detention. They hope that harsher sentencing, combined with felony offenses for cyberbullying, will deter future incidents.

Contact Us If you or someone you love has been the victim of a sexual assault or sexual abuse in San Jose, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, San Francisco, or anywhere in Northern California, Lawyers Against the Sex Abuse of Children can help. Our office is conveniently located in downtown San Jose, and we have staff present that can speak Spanish if needed. We offer FREE initial consultations to review your case and we are available 24/7. Contact us today at (888) 887-3472 / 1-408-289-1417 or fill out our confidential contact form for more information.