Today, WISH-TV in Indiana featured a new rape bill, the first of its kind for the state, and soon to be law, if IN State Rep. Sally Siegrist gets her way!
Siegrist’s efforts are the direct result of the acquittal of Donald Ward, a Purdue University student who slipped into bed with a young woman who’d fallen asleep in her boyfriend’s dorm room and tricked her into sex, Her bill addresses “Rape by Impersonation,” one particular form of “Rape by Fraud.” In her interview Siegrist stated that she’s motivated by “terrible sadness, indgnation and anger” and that she wants to protect potential victims from this crime.
In addition to this bill, Rep. Siegrist is also working on a civil bill to define “consent” in the laws of Indiana, in keeping with the #FGKIA definition in the TEDx Talk, “When YES Means NO, the Truth About Consent.”
Currently, Indiana’s statutes contain no such definition. The absence of an accurate definition of consent enables sexual predators to escape conviction, like Donald Ward did, when they conduct sexual assault.