Sexual battery; surprise, penalty. (HB2065)

Introduced By

Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sexual battery; surprise; penalty. Provides that sexual battery, which is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor, may be accomplished by surprise. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102630D
01/10/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2017Impact statement from VCSC (HB2065)
01/20/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2065)
02/07/2017Left in Courts of Justice


Mary D. Devoy writes:

The only thing I can think is the impetus for this Bill is.....Donald Trump.

When Trump said he "grabs women by the p____y" and then he denied that such an action would count as Sexual Assault or Sexual Battery.

Well in Virginia if you grab a boob or pinch a butt over clothing that's Sexual Battery, so I would think "grabbing a p____y" or on the flip-side a "d__k" would already be Sexual Battery.

So I'm not sure if we really need to add "surprise" to this statute.

Back in 2012 Senator Stuart had SB20 which proposed adding “ruse” and “trickery” to our Rape statute and that failed, thankfully.

The more verbs we add to our criminal statutes to expand the options for victims and Prosecutors actually makes us less safe and our criminal justice system, less just.

This Bill while timely is unnecessary.