New York

NY Bill Classifies Unwanted Oral, Anal, Vaginal Contact as Rape

State Assembly unanimously passes "Rape is Rape" bill

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ALBANY — 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.