TIME’S UP Responds to Cuomo Bill to Close Rape Intoxicant Loophole

Andrew Cuomo, Changing Laws & Policy, New York, Safety, State Policy, TIME'S UP Impact Lab

Under current New York law, if a victim of a sexual offense was voluntarily intoxicated at the time of the crime, prosecutors cannot bring a case against the offender, even if the victim did not — or was unable to — give consent. Today, Governor Cuomo announced a proposed amendment to close this ‘rape intoxication loophole’ in the New York penal code.

Jennifer Klein, chief strategy and policy officer at TIME’S UP Now, responded to Gov. Cuomo’s proposal with the following statement:

“Rape is rape, regardless of whether you voluntarily or involuntarily consumed alcohol or drugs — but right now, New York’s penal code doesn’t treat it that way. A legal technicality has shielded sexual abusers from accountability and hindered sexual abuse survivors from obtaining the justice they deserve.

TIME’S UP commends Governor Andrew Cuomo for his leadership in proposing to close the ‘rape intoxication loophole,’ and urges the state legislature to follow his lead.”


TIME’S UP™ Now is the nonpartisan and not-for-profit advocacy arm of TIME’S UP. We advocate for safe, fair, and dignified work for all in the public and private sectors, calling for an end to harassment and other related forms of discrimination on the job. And we fight to rebuild the systems that have taken away women’s power for far too long. TIME’S UP Now is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.