Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights
- The rights of a survivor should never be contingent on reporting or pursuing legal action. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with trauma and these fundamental rights must be protected for every survivor.
- Every survivor has a right to a sexual assault counselor; waiving the right to a counselor in one instance does not negate this right.
- Fair and efficient rape kit procedures are a must. It is unacceptable that a kit might be misplaced or destroyed; to prevent this and delays, a tracking system must be developed.
- There must be standard procedures for ensuring that survivors are informed of their rights.
- In assessing the effectiveness of this policy and future policies, diverse voices and communities must be included in the conversation. The bill establishes a task force that includes representatives from communities of color, immigrant communities, organizations that conduct outreach/education/advocacy for BGLQT individuals, survivor advocates, law enforcement, and a SANE nurse.
The following organizations have endorsed our H.Res 230 campaign