Sexual Assault Victims’ Right to Information Act Passes House
Mike Seals - March 10, 2021 3:46 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation that protects the rights of sexual assault victims and facilitates faster trauma care passed the House on Monday with a vote of 94 to 0.
Sexual Assault Victims’ Right to Information Act (House Bill 2546), authored by Rep. Cyndi Munson, D-OKC, expands protections to victims of sexual assault regardless of participation in a criminal investigation of their assault. The act also allows for an advocate to be made available during a sexual assault examination.
“I have dedicated many years to listening to survivors of sexual assault,” Munson said. “I’ve learned that equipping and empowering survivors with access to information and a victims’ advocate are impactful ways to help them navigate a vulnerable time.
A 2019 OSBI report showed that while most crime is down, rape and domestic abuse are on the rise in Oklahoma.
“Sexual assault is a horrific trauma that should never be faced alone,” Munson said. “Now survivors are one step closer to ensuring they never have to.”
HB2546 is now eligible to be heard in the Senate. Munson encourages Oklahomans in support of this bill to contact their local legislators.