Monday, August 19, 2013

California Legislature Expands the Definition of Rape to Include Sexual Intercourse With An Unmarried Person Through Impersonation

The Los Angeles Times reports today that the California state legislature has closed a loophole in a statute dating back to the 1800s that defined rape. (See Story Here).  The update stems from an incident last year where a man impersonated a woman's boyfriend in order to have sexual intercourse with her.  The original law only defined "sex by impersonation" to be "rape" if the victim was married.  The law was updated to include unmarried victims as well.  It is not frequent that laws dating back so far need this type of revision, however, it does occur.

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