Pass a Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights in New Mexico & Protect from Retaliation
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I faced decades worth of retaliation and libel for reporting a 4/15/1992 New Mexico State University Las Cruces Aquatic Team assault when I was 16. I reported to Las Cruces High School being assaulted and videotaped and photographed at swim and dive practice with head trauma and had intellectual property stolen without credit or payment for my cotton gossypol Master's Microbiology dissertation Fulbright proposal and was falsely imprisoned both in 1992 and in 2013 with my mental stability reputation libeled and the assault posted on my hacked Facebook profile on the 21 year anniversary.
The former police chief's son was part of the assault and I do not remember half my life because of inappropriately treated Traumatic Brain Injury from head trauma from the assault and the perpetrators have been rewarded & I have been revictimized.
I'm calling on New Mexico to pass a Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights that will guarantee comprehensive, common sense civil rights for survivors:
Rise’s Five Key Civil Rights:
1. The right to not have your rape kit destroyed before either 20 years or the statute of limitations has passed (whichever is longer).
2. The right to be notified of your civil rights related to a sexual assault.
3. The right to not be charged for your own rape kit examination.
4. The right to access your own medical record related to a rape kit examination.
5. The right to a copy of your own police report.
Over forty states have backlogs for untested kits. Some states do not cover the full medical expenses of a kit, leaving survivors to pay their own way towards justice. Most states destroy rape kits before the statute of limitations for the crime has passed. The lack of these rights has inspired us to act.
This is a crisis for 25 million survivors across America, and it's time for our legislators to do something about it.
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