President Barack Obama Signs Rape Survivor’s Bill of Rights Into Law

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President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House June 13, 2012, in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama(MARTIN H. SIMON-POOL/GETTY IMAGES)

article by Angela Bronner Helm via theroot.com

President Barack Obama signed the Survivors Bill of Rights Act into law on Friday, after being passed by Congress on Wednesday night. The Senate passed the bill in May.

The law was drafted in support of sexual assault survivors and provides specific rights to those who are survivors of rape in relation to law enforcement, counseling and how rape kits are handled.

Mother Jones reports that as of 2014 more than 100,000 rape kits have languished for years in police warehouses and crime labs, going untested.

Erykah Badu actually did a July concert in Detroit to raise money so that the more than 10,000 rape kits found in a warehouse in 2009 could be tested.

Fusion reports that the new legislation means that survivors will have access to sexual assault counselors, more information about their rights and…

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