Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Senate to Tackle Sexual Assault Measure

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Senate to Tackle Sexual Assault Measure

Article excerpt

THE STATE Senate will soon take up consideration of the Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015 (A-4078), which passed in the Assembly this year and was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month.

The bill, sponsored by Valerie Vainieri Huttle, D-Englewood; Gabriela Mosquera, D-Essex; John McKeon, D-Essex and Morris; Daniel Benson, D-Mercer and Middlesex; and Shavonda Sumter, D-Paterson, in the Assembly, and Nellie Pou, D-North Haledon, and Jennifer Beck, R- Monmouth, in the Senate will enable a broader class of sexual assault victims to seek temporary protective orders by filing an application with the Superior Court.

Our state Senate should pass the measure, and Governor Christie should sign it into law.

Current law allows only victims who have filed a criminal complaint against an assailant, or victims who currently have or previously had a domestic relationship with him or her, to be granted a protective order. The proposal would allow victims of a series of crimes -- non-consensual sexual contact, sexual penetration or lewdness, or attempts to commit these crimes -- in which the victim is not related to the assailant but does not wish to file a criminal complaint to seek a protective order.

According to the proposal, the emergency relief provided by a protective order could bar the assailant from entering the home, school or workplace of the victim, or the victim's family or household members, as well as other places frequented by the victim and his or her family, as specified by the court. It could also ban the assailant from contacting the victim and his or her family, and other people familiar with the victim as specified by the order, either directly or through another person. It would also bar the assailant from threatening, following, stalking or harassing the victim, including online harassment or stalking. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.