New Laws Extend Protections For Victims Of Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence By JANE LINDHOLM & PATTI DANIELS

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The governor signed two bills on Tuesday that extend protections for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Some of the changes have been long in coming for the advocates who work on these issues.

The laws make dramatic changes to the statute of limitations for sexual assault and child exploitation, creates a sexual assault survivor "Bill of Rights," and makes improvements to how rape kits are collected. We discuss why advocates have pushed for these policies and what the changes will mean to victims of these crimes.

Our guests are Auburn Watersong, policy director of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual ViolenceRep. Maxine Grad of Moretown, chair of the House Judiciary Committee; and Sarah Robinson, coordinator of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program.