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Bill to expand sexual assault victims’ rights passes Senate

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2020) – A bill authored by State Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R-Indianapolis) that would provide more rights to sexual assault victims passed the Senate unanimously today.

Senate Bill 146 would allow victims of sexual assault to have a counselor present before and during a forensic medical exam or an interview with a law enforcement officer or defense attorney.

“I am happy to see this important legislation get unanimous support from my fellow senators,” Ruckelshaus said. “Survivors of these events have to relive the most traumatic experience of their life when they go through these interviews and exams. I think the least we can do is provide them with the support of a mental-health professional, and I hope to see this bill receive the same support in the House.”

SB 146 will now move to the House of Representatives for further consideration.