Bill Making Ejaculation, Peeing on Bystanders Sexual Abuse Passes Assembly

We thank Holla Back New York City for informing us that assembly bill A09939, proposed by assemblywoman Amy Paulin of Scarsdale, has passed the assembly. Paulin has announced its passage, too.

The bill, which goes to the state senate, expands the definition of "sexual abuse" to include ejaculation, urination, and defecation on another person without their consent.

"There are many instances in New York City, specifically, where an offender has ejaculated on women in the subway," says the bill memo. (At least one commenter at the Times has described such an incident.)

"There have been instances of college students ejaculating on sleeping female colleagues," the memo continues. "Such an incident caused Connecticut to pass similar legislation." (Here's a cite in the UConn case. "Unfortunately," said a victim advocate at the time, "it may be just the way the law is written that there is a loophole here.")

The bill also changes a term in the definition of aggravated sexual contact, swapping out "rectum" and swapping in "anus," which might have helped Michael Mineo. And it expands the law to cover "defendants who force victims to masturbate," who "could be charged with sexual abuse in the first degree" if it becomes law, per the memo.

The weirder the pervs get, the more laws get passed to catch them. The assembly has a flotilla of sex crimes legislation pending, including one that "expands the crimes under which fourteen and fifteen year olds may be treated as adults to include... course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree," another shifting the age threshold for the charge of "promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child" from 16 to 18, another that stiffens the penalties for "sexual assault of a child five years of age or less," etc.

There's also a bill to add a "two dollar surcharge on sexually oriented media" such as "sexually oriented magazines, videos, DVD's or internet websites that feature nude pictures or nude performances," receipts from which would go to a crime victims' fund. The bill has at this writing been referred to the committee on economic development.

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