Assembly Approves Sexual Assault Victims Bill of Rights by Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher
SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, May 31, 2017) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) today announced that the Assembly has unanimously approved her Sexual Assault Victims Bill of Rights. Assembly Bill 1312 passed on a vote of 65-0.
“Sexual assault victims need support and understanding during an incredibly traumatic experience. When someone comes forward to report sexual assault or rape, they need to be treated with respect, compassion and support. The Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights will ensure that survivors get the support they need as they begin a long and difficult process,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said.
Sexual assault is both widespread and underreported. California is home to an estimated 8.6 million sexual assault survivors, the majority of whom are women. According to data from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey of 2010, one in five women are victims of rape, and one in two women are victims of sexual violence other than rape at some point in their lives.
The Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights, known as Assembly Bill 1312, eases the burden on sexual assault survivors in a number of important ways. The proposed law requires survivors be given a standardized card outlining their rights and the resources available to them. The bill requires women be provided birth control after their assault. Crucially, the bill also requires law enforcement agencies process all rape test kits collected.
For more information on the Sexual Assault Victims Bill of Rights, or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, contact John Vigna at (916) 319-2080 or (916) 212-0357.