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Lawmakers hear bills to help sex assault victims

 

MICHAEL BRICK,Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers are advancing proposals to help sexual assault victims.

State Sen. John Whitmire is chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. The Houston Democrat expressed support Tuesday for legislation to require hospitals to provide more treatment and opportunities to preserve evidence.

The U.S. Justice Department estimates two out of every three sexual assaults go unreported, and reporting doesn’t always lead to prosecution. An estimated 20,000 Texas cases have been stalled by untested evidence kits.

State Sen. Wendy Davis said her bill would require the state to track services provided by hospitals. The Fort Worth Democrat has already won committee approval of another bill addressing the evidence collection.

A victim named Nicole Anderson told the committee that “when the monster walks away, he’ll do it again to someone else.”  

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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