Minnesota lawmakers aim to strengthen sexual assault laws

Updated: April 07, 2021 10:14 PM
Created: April 07, 2021 07:42 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers, including Rochester Senator Dave Senjem are calling for swift passage of legislation that would update the state’s criminal sexual conduct code.

This comes after a loophole in the law’s current language led to the reversal of a rape conviction last month.

The Minnesota Supreme Court last month ruled that the definition of “mental incapacitation” in the state’s law only accounts for victims who were involuntarily inebriated.

The decision emphasized a push to update the current language to include cases where victims consumed drugs or alcohol voluntarily but are too intoxicated to give consent

Senjem is requesting a hearing on this bill and says at the minimum that loophole should fixed.

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