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Governor Signs Legislation Protecting Survivors and Holding Perpetrators Accountable for Rape


New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed legislation aimed at protecting survivors and also holding perpetrators accountable for rape. The new legislation modernizes state law to ensure forced sexual contact can be prosecuted as rape.

The update includes the definition of rape within the penal code ensuring additional forms of nonconsensual, forced sexual contact can now be prosecuted as rape.

“We are reassuring survivors that when they walk into a police station or approach the witness stand that the full weight of the law is behind them now going forward,” Governor Hochul said. “Rape will be treated like the horrific crime that it is. The voices have been heard, and we affirm that justice will be served.”

Legislation (S.3161/A.3340) aka the Rape is Rape bill now removes the penetration requirement from the rape statutes and defines rape as vaginal sexual contact, oral sexual contact, and anal sexual contact.

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