Virginia Bill HB2065-Sexual battery; surprise; penalty Sponsored/ Patroned by Michael P. Mullin (by request) which is a Class 1 Misdemeanor (and Registrable as a Sex Offender for minimum of 15 years if done to a minor) proposes adding……may be accomplished by “surprise”.
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The only thing I can think is the impetus for this Bill is.....Donald Trump.
When Trump said he "grabs women by the p____y" and then he denied that such an action would count as Sexual Assault or Sexual Battery meaning it would be a crime.
if you grab a
boob or pinch a butt EVEN over clothing that IS Sexual Battery, so I would think
"grabbing a p____y" or on the flip-side grabbing a "d__k" would
already be Sexual Battery. Virginia
So I'm not sure if we really need to add "surprise" to this statute.
Back in 2012 Senator Stuart had SB20 which proposed adding may be accomplished by “ruse” and “trickery” to our Rape statute and that failed, thankfully.
The more nouns & verbs that we add to our criminal statutes to expand the options for victims and Prosecutors actually makes us less safe and our criminal justice system, less just.
This Bill while timely is totally unnecessary.