Senate approves Rivers’ bill to better protect victims of sexual abuse

The Senate unanimously approved a measure today that would offer an extra layer of protection to victims of sexual abuse.

Sen. Ann Rivers introduced Senate Bill 6069 after talking with an 18th District resident, who described the fear she felt when she was contacted by her abuser, who happened to be her father, without any knowledge of his early release from prison.

“We need to do whatever we can to protect victims of sexual abuse and their families,” said Rivers, R-La Center. “And if something as simple as notification of an offender’s status and whereabouts helps a victim feel a little bit safer, then it’s a no-brainer ‘yes’ vote for me.”

The measure would allow victims to request notice from the state Department of Corrections when a specific sex offender is released or transferred. Additionally, it would give the court or DOC authority to require an offender to refrain from contact with the victim(s) or immediate family members of the victim.

The measure now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.