PASS The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act. Stop Serial Rapists & Child Molesters!
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The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act (HB301/SB270) is back in 2018! Tell your legislators #TimesUp on serial predators claiming consent and getting away with it. Thanks to sponsors Senator Jim Brochin and Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary!
Did you know?
According to the CDC, one out of every five American women will experience rape during their lifetime.
Every 98 seconds a person is sexually assaulted in this country. And every 8 minutes, that victim is child.
Millions of men in the United States are also victims of rape. 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male.
The vast majority of rapists will never be incarcerated. Only SIX out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison.
When victims finally get to court, they want to believe that justice is imminent. But the laws are stacked against them. In Maryland, serial predators are able to hide prior instances of rape and child molestation from juries.
Today, in 2018, a defendant’s past predatory sex acts are not admitted as evidence during a trial… even if a clear pattern of assault or abuse can be established.
· If the defendant has a history of rape and assault, including any convictions—the jury will never know it.
· If the defendant is a registered sex offender—the jury will never know it.
· If there are other victims willing to testify and share their story—the jury will never know it.
And while prosecutors cannot introduce this vital evidence,
· Serial rapists can— and WILL— try to reference a victim’s sexual history despite rape shield laws.
· Serial rapists can— and WILL—claim consent.
· Serial rapists can—and WILL—rape again.
We need your support. Help change the unimaginable reality Maryland’s victims of serial rapists and child molesters face every day. At least 35 jurisdictions and the federal government already have laws or rules enabling prosecutors to introduce this critical evidence. It is time Maryland joined these states and stood up for survivors of rape and molestation.
Sign this petition and help us to pass critical legislation that will close these loopholes, before serial rapists and child molesters continue victimizing our friends, family members, and neighbors.
Sign NOW to tell your representatives in the Maryland General Assembly you won’t wait to help victims. Will they?
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