- Joseph VallarioState Representative
- Kathleen DumaisState Representative
- Bobby ZirkinState Senator
- Delores KelleyState Senator
Stop Serial Rapists and Child Molesters
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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 2017, 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. The federal government and 37 STATES 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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I respectfully urge you to support the Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act, which allows prosecutors to introduce evidence of a defendant’s relevant prior sex acts or abuse of a minor, bringing Maryland closer in compliance with the Federal Rules of Evidence.
The statistics on sexual assault in the United States are alarming: Nearly one in five women will experience rape during their lifetime and according to researchers, only 2% of rapists will ever serve a day in prison.
The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act addresses the glaring need for Maryland courts to allow past relevant acts of sex offenders to be heard by juries. In Maryland, the defense is legally entitled to introduce evidence regarding a victim’s past sexual conduct to support their case if ulterior motives are suspected. The prosecution, however, is not afforded the same right. As a result, serial sex offenders continue to win over Maryland juries, securing their freedom while endangering our public safety.
The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act provides a rule change that is not only necessary for victims, but also fair. This change does not risk wrongful convictions. On the contrary, the Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act requires a judge to review the evidence and rule on its applicability before it can ever be used in trial. This review ensures that defendants are treated fairly and their rights are taken into account.
We cannot allow serial sex offenders to hide behind Maryland law and escape conviction. I strongly urge you to vote in support of the Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act.
I won’t wait to help victims. Will you?
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