Hochul signs law expanding rape definition in NY
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a law Tuesday morning expanding the legal definition of rape in New York state.
The new law classifies more forms of non-consensual sexual contact as rape, rather than just “criminal sexual acts.”
Considering the crimes as rape makes it clear sexual assault won’t be tolerated in New York, according to leaders.
“Rape is very difficult to prosecute. That’s because New York’s archaic laws define rape in very narrow terms. Physical technicalities confuse jurors and humiliate survivors and create a legal gray area that defendants exploit,” Hochul said.
The maximum sentence for first-degree rape in New York state is 25 years in prison.