A bill shaping a federal model for sexual assault survivors’ basic rights passed unanimously in the Senate Monday, with the hope of inspiring states to follow suit.
The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act passed as a part of the Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act, which extends funding for programs registering sex offenders. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the bill in February after she met with 24-year-old Amanda Nguyen, a survivor who has faced complex policies in order to keep her rape kit intact. Nguyen, Shaheen wrote in a piece forMedium, must return to Massachusetts, the state of her assault, every six months in order to prevent her evidence from being destroyed.
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