In New York, even if rape isn’t defined as such — “criminal sexual act” and “predatory sexual assault” have similar sentences for conviction — it’s important to call rape what it is. Ranking different types of unwanted penetration on a scale of importance can make the aftermath of an assault even more difficult for survivors.
“I think a lot can come from calling something what it is and talking more openly about it,” Cuomo told Salon. “Some people say, ‘Oh, it’s just semantics.’ And I do think it is semantics at the end of the day, right? But I think the semantics are important.”
So do we. Rape is indeed rape. We urge our local state senators to call it — and vote it — what it is.