U.S. House of Representatives Passes Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights in Unanimous Vote
It seems as though the Brock Turner case was the thing that finally forced the US Federal government to look more closely at the problem of sexual assault, particularly as it affects college campuses. Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted unanimously for legislation to be included in a Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights.
According to Motto, while the legislation deals with other rights, it’s primarily concerned with guaranteed access to completed rape kits in federal criminal cases. Sexual assault survivors will, under this law if it passes, “have a right to a sexual assault evidence collection kit, to be told of the results and to be notified in writing before the kit is destroyed.” This is important, considering the enormous backlog on processing rape kits nationwide.
The hope with this bill is that it will provide a more stable model for how to handle sexual assault cases on the state level, as the “patchwork” of laws from state-to-state is uneven, and often prevents survivors from seeking justice.
The bill is now off to the Senate for a vote there. Here’s hoping it passes, and that it is merely the beginning of a complete overhaul in the way we deal with sexual assault and how we treat its survivors.
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