Support for Woman and Child
August 7, 2013 – Women pregnant through sexual assault are often pressured to abort due to lack of support for them and their conceived children-making them double victims of criminal sexual abuse and the trauma of abortion, with few protections against their attacker.
A newly introduced Ohio Senate bill ensures protection for sexually assaulted women and their conceived children.
From Senator Nina Turner’s Facebook page today:
Senators Turner & Tavares Introduce Bill To Restrict The Parental Rights Of Rapists
Senate Bill 171 would give rape survivors the ability to remove parental rights from their convicted rapists
Columbus-Today, State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) and State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) introduced Senate Bill 171 to restrict the parental rights of rapists. This legislation permits a survivor of rape or sexual battery to file a claim to terminate the attacker’s parental rights-including custody, parenting time, and consent to adoption, over a minor child conceived as a result of a sexual offense.
“This legislation addresses an extreme oversight and severe injustice in our legal system,” said Senator Turner. “State law should be on the side of the survivor instead of inflicting additional trauma on them and their child. Current law would cause a continuation of the nightmare that these survivors already face.”
Ohio is one of 31 states in the country that does not provide protection for rape survivors from being sued by their attacker for parental rights.
“This legislation protects the emotional, social, and physical health of the parent and child,” said Senate Tavares. “We want to eliminate further trauma and stigmatization for them while ensuring the well-being of the family.”
Senator Turner added, “We must ensure that the power of rapists ends with the assault by providing survivors of rape and their rape conceived children protection under the law. This legislation does just that.”