Lawmakers vote to protect incest victims

The terms “incest” and “aggravated incest” would be scrubbed from Louisiana law books under a proposal making its way through the Louisiana Senate.

Senate Bill 333, sponsored by state Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, would change those terms to “crime against nature” and “aggravated crime against nature,” respectively.

Johns told the Senate Judiciary C Committee that doing away with the term “incest” in Louisiana law protects victims of the crime. When someone is charged with incest, it’s easy for people to infer who the victim is.

“It doesn’t change any penalties,” Johns said. “It helps the victims not be identified.”

SB333 advanced from the committee and now heads to the full Senate for consideration.