Renee Montagne talks to Amanda Nguyen, an activist for the rights of sexual assault victims, who was instrumental in getting the Survivors' Bill of Rights passed by both houses of Congress.
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
President Obama will soon receive something unusual, legislation that passed both houses of Congress unanimously called the Survivors' Bill of Rights.
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
It applies to sexual assault cases tried in federal courts, crimes committed in national parks or on tribal lands or in federal property. Still, the sponsors of the bill hope it will be a model for state laws. An activist who played a key part in getting that bill passed is Amanda Nguyen. She came in to tell us more.
AMANDA NGUYEN: It includes really non-controversial basic things like the right to have your evidence not be destroyed before the statute of limitations, access to medical results from the rape kit or forensic examination and the right to receive a copy of your own police report, the right to be notified of what your rights are in that state because your rights can vary from state to state.
MONTAGNE: And you use the words basic non-controversial...
MONTAGNE: ...And rights themselves actually, so, you know, that all suggests this would be common.
NGUYEN: That's right.
MONTAGNE: But they are not. Many states do not observe...