Lawmakers agree to change terms for sexual assault crimes
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will change the terms used to describe sexual assault crimes, if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to a proposal headed to his desk.
Authorities currently use "simple rape," ''forcible rape" and "aggravated rape" to describe the varying degrees of sexual assault charges.
Under the bill by Rep. Valarie Hodges, a Republican from Denham Springs, those terms will be changed to third-degree rape, second-degree rape and first-degree rape.
The House gave final passage to the measure with an 89-0 vote Monday.
Supporters of the changes have described it as insulting that the criminal justice system uses terms like "simple rape" to describe a serious crime.
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