California Assembly votes to expand definition of rape by impersonation

SACRAMENTO — Seeking to close an archaic loophole in state law, the Assembly unanimously voted Monday to expand the state’s definition of rape to include instances when a perpetrator pretends to be somebody else in order to have sexual…

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

It is not often that a state statute dating back to the 1800’s has not been updated but, such is the case here.  The needed update stems from an incident dating back to last January where a man impersonated the boyfriend of a female victim to have sexual intercourse with her. The California state legislature is closing a loophole that only defined rape as impersonating someone else to have sex with a married woman.  The statute will now include unmarried victims as well.

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See on www.latimes.com

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