Senator Galgiani Calls on Governor Brown to Reconsider Stance on 'Date Rape' Drugs, Sign Senate Bill 1182

August 26, 2016

Senator Galgiani Calls on Governor Jerry Brown to Reconsider Stance on ‘Date Rape’ Drugs, Sign Senate Bill 1182

SACRAMENTO—Today, Senator Cathleen Galgiani announced the passage of Senate Bill 1182 by the California Legislature. The bill increases penalties for the possession of “date rape” drugs which cause victims to become completely incapacitated, leaving them with no memory of their assault. The bill now heads to the Governor for reconsideration.

SB 1182 restores the ability of district attorneys to pursue felony charges against individuals caught with the most common date rape drugs who have also demonstrated the intent to commit a sexual assault.

"As prosecutors and law enforcement throughout California continue to deal with the fallout from Proposition 47, we appreciate Senator Galgiani's efforts to protect our communities from predators who might otherwise escape serious consequences for their behavior when they engage in this sort of appalling criminal conduct," said Mark Zahner, CEO of the California District Attorneys Association.

“The issue of sexual assault has received increased attention in both state and national media recently as California’s inadequate sexual assault laws have been brought to light. The embarrassingly lenient sentence given to Brock Turner in the Stanford rape case, for example, has unfortunately highlighted just how lightly sexual assault is being treated by our judicial system,” stated Galgiani.

“The fact that date rape drugs like Rohypnol, GHB, and ketamine not only render sexual assault victims completely incapacitated, but also leave them with little to no memory of the assault which took place, necessitates an aggressive response from law enforcement. These are dangerous drugs that allow rapists to escape prosecution since a victim can’t remember the details of the crime when questioned in court and their possession should warrant a felony,” Galgiani continued.

Senate Bill 1182 has passed through the Legislature with unanimous, bipartisan support for the second year in a row. It is supported by a large number of law enforcement organizations as well as Crime Victims United.

“I call on Governor Brown to join me and the law enforcement community to protect victims of sexual assault by signing this important anti-crime measure.”