Pass HB 137: The Alabama Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights

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Pass HB 137: The Alabama Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights

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Travis Chin started this petition to Petition to the Alabama State Legislature and

Alabama is on the verge of passing HB 137: The Alabama Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights - but it needs your support to make it known that we care about this legislation. In Alabama, survivors are left without any guidance in navigating the patch work of local policies, if any, and are left dealing with the aftermath of their sexual assault or rape on their own.

Survivors lack some of the most basic civil rights that are afforded to other victims, and even some criminals, under the Constitution. I don’t believe justice should just be left in a box to die in the back of a room. It should be fulfilled. No survivor should have to endure the trauma of their rape or sexual assault nor should they have to navigate a jumble of policies just to find justice. 

HB 137 will create a support system that guarantees comprehensive and common sense civil rights for sexual assault and rape survivors throughout Alabama. The bill has passed unanimously in the House and is waiting to be heard in the Senate. But before it can be voted on, it needs to be assigned and debated in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

WE need your help to bring attention for HB 137. 

WE can help protect 1.4 million survivors in Alabama. 

I'm calling on Alabama 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. 

Let your voice be heard! Join me in telling the Alabama State Senate to vote YES, and Governor Ivey to sign the Alabama Sexual Survivors’ Bill of Rights - HB 137 - into law.

This is a crisis for 25 million survivors across America, and it's time for our legislators to do something about it.

Sign this petition, then learn more at our website.

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