Next Action Step! Ask Chairman Brannan & Members of the House Criminal Justice to Close Florida's Rape Loophole
Ask Leaders and Members of the House Criminal Justice Committee to help close Florida's Rape Loophole by Scheduling & Supporting HB. 525.
The companion bill in the Senate has already passed UNANIMOUSLY through all 3 committees.
BUT, if Chairman Brannan does not add it to the next committee agenda he will kill this good bill - all our work will be for nothing and the loophole would remain open at least another year.
Learn more about the loophole below, or click "Start Writing" to the right to get to it.As currently defined in Florida law, a person is only mentally incapacitated if they are temporarily incapable of appraising or controlling her own conduct due to the influence of drugs or alcohol ingested without their consent. That last part is the key issue at stake here, because not all victims of sexual assault became incapacitated involuntarily. Some chose to drink or take drugs or medication, BUT ISN'T THAT STILL RAPE, TOO?
Such as an 18 year old college freshman who goes to her first party, has a few beers and gets very drunk, passes out and wakes up to a man she does not know raping her. Rape should ALWAYS be considered a serious crime, no matter the victim's choices leading up to the assault.
Some studies show that by the second year of college, 1 in 4 female students report being sexually assaulted while under the influence. And this is not just an issue that effects women, as more than 1 in 10 people report being sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
HB.525 WILL CLOSE Florida's rape LOOPHOLE, SIMPLY BY REMOVING THE LANGUAGE REGARDING WHETHER OR NOT THE DRUGS OR ALCOHOL WERE ADMINISTERED INVOLUNTARILY.
The bill clarifies and creates consistency in statutes on what constitutes sexual battery upon a person impaired by drugs or alcohol. By this legislation, an offender commits the aggravated crime if the offender knows, or has reason to believe, the victim is mentally incapacitated due to the ingestion of drugs and or alcohol.
Please help fix this grave loophole protecting rapists in Florida by writing the Chairman and Members of the House Criminal Justice Committee for their support to close the loophole.
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Together we can ensure justice for ALL incapacitated victims of rape in Florida.