HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawmakers are sending the governor a bill to close a loophole in Connecticut's sexual assault statutes.
The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to approve legislation making it easier to prosecute offenders who sexually assault people with severe physical and developmental disabilities.
The bill, which passed the House of Representatives last week, expands the definition of physically helpless by including someone who is physically unable to resist an act of sexual contact or intercourse.
The legislation was drafted in response to the Connecticut Supreme Court's 2012 acquittal of a Bridgeport man convicted of attempted sexual assault of a woman who has severe cerebral palsy and cannot communicate verbally.
Speaking in support of the bill, Republican Sen. John Kissel said "we as a civilized society have an obligation to try to do better."
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