A person from Anchorage, Alaska, last year pleaded guilty to second-degree attack for tackling, strangling, and ejaculating an unconscious female on a roadside. He went out of court in September and faced no jail time.
Jason Schneider was able to get away rapidly because at the time, according to Alaska government legislation, his actions did not meet the legal definition of sexual assault. Although at the time when Schneider assaulted his victim, nine nations classified ejaculating someone as a “sexual act” or “sexual conduct,” Alaska was not one of them, a son-profit based on the evaluation of BuzzFeed News and AEquitas.
(BuzzFeed News spoke to the victim of Schneider and decided to define her only by her first name, Lauren.) Using Schneider’s case, the study describes how excessively narrow definitions of sexual assault leave victims of offenses with limited legal choices.
For instance, in Alaska, to be named rape, an episode “must include either ‘purposely contacting, legitimately or through dress, the unfortunate casualty’s private parts, rear-end, or female bosom, ‘or, according to BuzzFeed News, knowingly causing the victim to touch either the defendant’s or the victim’s own genitals.” Because Lauren did not touch Schneider — Note: she was unconscious because he squeezed her — Schneider did not count as sexual abuse to masturbate over her and ejaculate on her face. Rick Allen, the district attorney at Anchorage during Lauren’s case, informed BuzzFeed News that he was surprised to discover the law:
“I believe I might even have grabbed my book on my statute and said,’ It’s undoubtedly a sex offense. I mean, this must be an offense against sex, right? Allen said. “And[ then-assistant district attorney Andrew Grannik] says,’ No, Rick, I looked at it all the way around, and it’s not a gender offense.’ And I walked with him through the laws, and he was correct.”
Fortunately, Alaska was encouraged to alter its sexual assault legislation in the aftermath of Schneider’s lenient sentencing. The House of Representatives of Alaska enacted a bill in May closing the so-called Schneider loophole, and the office of Governor Mike Dunleavy advised BuzzFeed News that, “While a date has not yet been selected, Gov. Dunleavy looks forward to signing this law in the near future.”
If the bill becomes law, the extended definition of sexual assault would be a first move in the correct direction and should be followed by more countries. If at the moment of Schneider’s case the law had been in place, a state senator said in a declaration that Schneider would be in jail today.