Update Sexual Assault Laws to Include Unwanted Sexual Touching

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Target: Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas

Goal: Update sexual assault laws to include non-penetration contact to protect more women from this crime.

Current Texas laws deem sexual assault has occurred only if the incident involved penetration. Instances of unwanted sexual touching, such as rubbing and touching, are not included. This oversight in the law means that a woman who’s inappropriately touched, but not penetrated, can only seek to charge the person who touched her with assault by contact.

Assault by contact is a class C misdemeanor and if convicted, the penalty is a fine with no jail time. This leaves the perpetrator able to violate the same woman and any others that cross his path.

Women’s rights are not protected by existing laws. Anytime a woman is touched in an unwanted sexual manner, she is physically and emotionally violated. Penalties for these actions must include jail time. Demand the sexual assault laws are updated to include touching that stops short of penetration.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Abbott,

Women in your state need greater protection from unwanted sexual advances. Current Texas laws do not consider unwanted sexual touching to be sexual assault unless penetration occurs.

Women who are touched inappropriately cannot pursue adequate justice. The most they can hope for is that the person who violates them is convicted of a misdemeanor. Without the potential to serve jail time, perpetrators are able to violate the same woman, and others, with almost no consequences.

We demand sexual assault laws are updated to include unwanted sexual touching that stops short of penetration.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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