We need to call it rape
On a workday morning in the summer of 2011, schoolteacher Lydia Cuomo was brutally sexually assaulted at gunpoint by off-duty cop Michael Pena. At the time, he told her he was going to blow her head off. He forced himself on her, vaginally, anally and orally. In court later, Pena admitted to sexually assaulting her. As Cuomo says now, "I feel like essentially I had a silver platter of a rape case.I had witnesses, I had DNA, I had my own testimony, I had two cops. I had them saying, 'We admit he sexually assaulted you.'" But then she found out that in the eyes of New York state, she had not been raped.