Lawmaker seeks to prohibit voluntary intoxication of sex crimes victims as a defense
A lawmaker has proposed legislation that would prohibit the use of intoxication of the victim as a defense in sex crimes.
State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi has been working on this bill for two years.
"A lot of people who have been victims of sex crimes have not only shared with me that they have been unable to bring a case against the perpetrator of that crime, but also there have been other instances where I know, from speaking to certain members of law enforcement, that they are unable to bring cases where they know that there clearly is evidence that someone was raped or sexually assaulted, and yet because the victims were voluntary intoxicated they know that their case will not be successful. That is devastating in the greatest sense of justice," Biaggi said.
The bill is currently on its third read in the State Senate and is in the Codes Committee in the State Assembly.