In many states, convicted rapists have more rights than sexual assault survivors.
Many survivors of sexual assault feel re-victimized and re-traumatized when they learn that the criminal justice system is rigged against them. In some states, for examples, survivors’ rape kits are destroyed before the statute of limitations; survivors are denied access to their police report and medical records; and are not notified of their rights. Before Rise, no states had comprehensive rights for sexual assault survivors, and the rights provided to survivors varied drastically across state lines. In many states, convicted rapists have more rights than sexual assault survivors. Rise’s Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights ensures that justice does not depend on geography – and that every survivor is equally protected under the law.
Because rape is mainly adjudicated in state courts, the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights must be passed in state houses.
Explore sexual survivor rights across the nation
Click on a state below to explore what laws were passed to support sexual survivor rights.