Senate Bill 1-101: Should sexual assault charges be equalized across genders?

By: Mary Goodwin
       Sexual contact and sexual assault are very similar in a lot of ways. They are charged differently and this bill is bringing them together and having an equal charged due to the crime. I interviewed three people covering the topic of the bill. One in favor of the bill, Brook strode, one that is against the bill, Aaron Jimenez, and last the author who made the bill Erika Leon. This is what they had to say .
Brook Strode Gateway high school
For the bill
Question 1: How do you think this would help the people affected by sexual contact and sexual assault ?
Strode: “ To help people know this is not okay to do this and there should be a punishment.”
“Knowing someone who has been through it and nothing has been done to help is what hurts the most.”
Question two: Do you believe this bill would make an impact to our community?
Strode: “ to help our schools speak up and help rather than push it aside. Something could actually be done about it.”
Question three: How do you believe this bill will help both parties male and female ?
Strode: “ I think it would help them step up.”
“This is a real thing and this needs to be taken care of.”
“This is helping people both male and female speak up and so others don’t feel so alone”
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Senate Committee 1 discussing bill 1-101 Photo by: Mary Goodwin

Aaron Jimenez Golden high school 
Against the bill 
Question one: How do you think this would help the people affected by sexual contact and sexual assault ?
Jimenez: “ I feel like they were trying to change the system but the system wasn’t going to change.”
“It was basically changing for something exactly the same just using different words.”
Question two: Do you believe this bill would make an impact to our community?
Jimenez: “ No, again it isn’t really changing anything.”
Question three: How do you believe this bill will help both parties male and female ?
Jimenez: “ The bill talked about all genders but it was actually talking about the sentencing of the crime”
The bill didn’t really bring up the genders and how they are affected
Erika Leon Gateway high school 
Author 
Question one: What made you want to make this bill?
Leon: “I found that sexual content and sexual assault were in the same area.” Meaning she wanted to draw attention to those who were affected.
Question two: Why did you base your bill off of gender ?
Leon: “ it’s more stereotypical for a woman to be sexually assaulted.”
“It’s less likely for a man to speak up or talk about being sexually assaulted.”
Question three: Why do you believe this bill would make a change in our community?
Leon: “ Not only would it open up the doors to help people speak up about it or anyone who has been a victim would feel more comfortable knowing they are not the only ones going through it.”
Question four: How do you believe this bill will help both parties male and female?
Leon: “ only a small range of men come out and speak about being sexually assaulted.”
“I want people to make sure their voices are listen to not only because they a male or female they should be treated equal no matter what.”
In this bill it’s more about how we can change the punishment of sexual contact and sexual assault rather than have the equal charges for men and women. There is no evidence supporting the equality of how men and women are charged with sexual contact and sexual assault. The existing evidence pertains to how sexual contact and sexual assaults should be charged the same due to the crime committee.

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