Rape victim Lydia Cuomo advocates for passage of the “rape is rape” bill, which would redefine rape in New York state.
From the NY Daily News:
At the urging of a brave Bronx teacher brutally raped by a city cop, the state Assembly unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to toughen the state’s rape laws.
The so-called “rape is rape” bill would classify vaginal, anal and oral contact as rape.
The latter two, under current state law, are considered criminal sexual conduct, not rape — a distinction some victims say lessens the perceived severity of the crime even though it carries the same criminal penalties.
The bill also would only require that vaginal contact be proven for rape, instead of the current standard of penetration.