Louisiana lawmakers are considering whether to change the terms used to describe the crime of sexual assault.
Authorities currently use “simple rape”, “forcible rape” and “aggravated rape” to describe the varying degrees of sexual assault charges.
Under House Bill 139 backed by the House criminal justice committee Tuesday, those terms would be changed to third-degree rape, second-degree rape and first-degree rape.
Proponents of the changes said they are galled that the criminal justice system uses terms like “simple rape” to describe a serious crime.
“There is no such thing as a simple rape,” state Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, the bill sponsor told the committee.
The measure heads next to the House floor for consideration.