New York Times
5.24.16 |EMMARIE HUETTEMAN
WASHINGTON — Advocates for victims of sexual assault on Tuesday praised the Senate’s unanimous approval of a bill that would establish a set of rights for victims, including the right to be informed of the results of forensic tests and to have evidence preserved.
The Senate vote on Monday appeared to give momentum to an issue that has drawn bipartisan interest. The measure now moves to the House, where the Judiciary Committee is examining it.
Rebecca O’Connor, vice president for public policy at the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, said the proposed protections were an important part of the effort to tackle the complex concerns of sexual assault victims. “It’s kind of this tangled web of programs that all complement one another, and this is just another piece of that pie,” she said.