Criminal sexual assault; establishes safe reporting. (HB522)

Introduced By

Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), and Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Safe reporting of criminal sexual assault. Establishes an affirmative defense to prosecution of an individual for (i) simple possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, or controlled paraphernalia; (ii) intoxication in public; or (iii) the unlawful purchase, possession, or consumption of alcohol if such individual reports to a law-enforcement officer that he was the victim of or witness to a criminal sexual assault that occurred concurrently with the conduct listed in clause (i), (ii), or (iii) if the evidence for the charge was obtained as a result of the individual reporting the criminal sexual assault. The bill provides that no individual may assert this affirmative defense if the emergency medical attention sought or obtained was during the execution of a search warrant or during the conduct of a lawful search or a lawful arrest. The bill provides further that no disciplinary action, including expulsion, shall be taken against a student for any conduct involving alcohol, marijuana, a controlled substance, or an imitation controlled substance on a school bus, school property, or at a school-sponsored activity if, concurrent to such conduct, the student was a victim of or witness to a criminal sexual assault. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101280D
01/08/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/02/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (6-Y 2-N)
02/15/2018Left in Courts of Justice