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Drug Rape Bill Passes House

April 2, 1998
By: Tristin Yeager
State Capital Bureau

If you drug someone in order to rape them, you would face the highest criminal charge for rape under a bill passed by the state House. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

The bill would raise the charge and penalty for the crime from rape to forcible rape. Forcible rape can carry the penalty of life in prison.

Sponsor of the bill, Representative Vicky Riback-Wilson says her motivation for proposing the bill came from students.

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OutCue: "...about date rape."
Contents: Wilson says a capitol intern brought the issue to her attention and in several conversations, university students expressed concerns about date rape.

The bill will now go to the Senate to be assigned to committee.


People who commit rape by drugging the victim would face life in prison under a bill passed by the state House. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

The bill raises the charge from rape to forcible rape for any person who uses controlled substances to assist with the crime.

Columbia Representative Vicky Riback-Wilson sponsored the bill.

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OutCue: "...for purposes of rape."
Contents: Wilson says she is concerned that women are at greater risk now than in the past because of the use of drugs to incapacitate them simply for purposes of rape.

Wilson says college students brought her attention to the bill and made her aware of the extent of the problem.


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