How and Why Minnesota's Rape Laws May Change

"There isn’t enough of the police department’s budget that is dedicated to that particular area of crime."

Chad Hartman
December 19, 2018 - 3:36 pm

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Barb Johnson, chairwoman of Attorney General Lori Swanson's task force on sexual assault, joined Chad Hartman to talk about the recommended changes coming to Minnesota rape laws.

Johnson said part of the problem has been how these cases have been handled by police. "There also is clearly a challenge in people being placed in positions to investigate these crimes that aren’t truly convinced that is something that is problematic...that they should be as vigilant in pursuing this as other crimes," Johnson said.

Chad asked about changing the current laws regarding sexual assault and proper consent and Johnson said that particular aspect of the law is too weak. "If you are intoxicated, right now you really have to be practically unconscious before you would be able to meet that standard of unable to give consent."

Listen to the entire interview below.