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File #: Res 1471-2000    Version: * Name: Create the crime of gang sexual assault
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Public Safety
On agenda: 7/27/2000
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to amend the Penal Law to create the crime of gang sexual assault.
Sponsors: Sheldon S. Leffler, Adolfo Carrion, Karen Koslowitz, Lawrence A. Warden, Victor L. Robles, Thomas White, Madeline T. Provenzano, Philip Reed, Una Clarke, June M. Eisland, Stephen J. Fiala, Tracy L. Boyland, Stephen DiBrienza, Wendell Foster, Julia Harrison, Walter L. McCaffrey, Stanley E. Michels, Jerome X. O'Donovan, Christine C. Quinn, Archie W. Spigner, Martin J. Golden
Council Member Sponsors: 21
Attachments: 1. Committee Report
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
10/31/2000*Sheldon S. Leffler City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/25/2000*Sheldon S. Leffler Committee on Public Safety Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/25/2000*Sheldon S. Leffler Committee on Public Safety Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
7/27/2000*Sheldon S. Leffler City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/27/2000*Sheldon S. Leffler City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1471 Title Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to amend the Penal Law to create the crime of gang sexual assault. Body By Council Members Leffler, Carrion, Koslowitz, Warden, Robles, White, Provenzano, Reed, Clarke, Eisland and Fiala; also Council Members Boyland, DiBrienza, Foster, Harrison, McCaffrey, Michels, O'Donovan, Quinn, Spigner and Golden Whereas, The Penal Law sets forth certain sex offenses under Article 130; and Whereas, The Penal Law also sets forth the crime of gang assault, which makes it illegal for a person to cause serious physical injury to another "when aided by two or more persons actually present"; and Whereas, The New York State Senate's Memorandum in Support of the gang assault law detailed the need for the new law: "For the victims, gang assaults are particularly harrowing crimes. There are, moreover, other compelling reasons for defining new offenses that treat gang assaults with appropriate severity. As criminologists have reported, the incidence of gang assaults-particularly gang assaults committed by youths-has been increasing in recent years. Tragically, the term "wilding" has become common parlance. Moreover, gang assaults are especially serious crimes, because the joint action of numerous assailants is not only terrifying to victims but tends to increase the likelihood that severe or lethal injuries will be inflicted"; and Whereas, On June 11, 2000, many women were subject to vicious and cruel sexual attacks by marauding packs of young men in Central Park; and Whereas, Although many of these individuals have been charged and indicted for various sex offenses, they could have been charged with gang sexual assault had that offense been included in Article 130; and Whereas, Just as the State Legislature, in creating the crime of gang assault, recognized that the joint action of numerous assailants is terrifying to victims and increases the likelihood of injury, the heinous acts in Central Park demonstrated that gang sexual assaults are terrifying to victims and increase the likelihood of physical and emotional injury; and Whereas, Creating the crime of gang sexual assault would give police and prosecutors another tool to combat these vicious acts, by giving them the ability to charge individuals who, as a group, sexually attack or molest other individuals; now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the Legislature of the State of New York to amend the Penal Law to create the crime of gang sexual assault. LS#3195