Juror from Brock Turner trial speaks out against light sentencing

Twenty-year-old Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a woman who was unconscious and intoxicated in January 2015. (KGO-TV)

A juror in the Stanford sexual assault case is breaking their silence saying they're "shocked and appalled" by the sentence Brock Turner received.

The Palo Alto Weekly posted part of a letter the juror sent to judge Aaron Persky after Turner was sentenced to just six months.

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It says: "I am afraid that it makes a mockery of the whole trial and the ability of the justice system to protect victims of assault and rape."

Some state lawmakers are working to expand the definition of rape after two charges against Turner were dropped.

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The case became a national story when the victim wrote a powerful statement sharing the effect the assault had on her.

Members of congress plan to read excerpts from that statement Wednesday. Members of the state senate did the same yesterday.

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"It's the saddest type of confusion to be told that I was assaulted and raped blatantly out in the open, but we don't know if it counts as assault," said State Senator Loni Hancock. "I had to fight for an entire year to make it clear that there was something wrong with this."

Congresswoman Jackie Speier is leading the effort.

She's been an advocate of stronger punishment for sexual assaults on college campuses.

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