October 8, 2016

Isn't it ironic? Don't you think?

Senator Jean Shaheen (D-NH) is shown above thanking the Congress for their bi-partisan support of the Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act. President Obama signed the bill into law yesterday.

Yeah, yesterday. Buzzfeed:

The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act was inspired by Amanda Nguyen, a woman who told Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, her story about having to scramble every six months to prevent police from destroying her rape kit.

...The new law gives survivors the right to a free medical forensic examination, often referred to as a rape kit, and ensures that the kit is preserved at least until the statute of limitations expires. If an agency wants to dispose of a rape kit, it must provide written notice to the victim at least 60 days in advance, and then continue to preserve the kit if requested by the survivor.

It also requires law enforcement agencies to provide information to survivors about support services and to provide the policies governing their rape kit in writing.

We still have a long way to go, to demand the funding and mandate a deadline for local law enforcement to process those rape kits. But this is a start. And this law shows that some in Washington have the right attitude towards women and sexual assault. Donald.

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