Nebraska could provide advocates for sex assault survivors

March 3, 2020 GMT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — People who are sexually assaulted could a personal advocate to help them through the aftermath under a bill Nebraska lawmakers advanced on Tuesday.

Lawmakers gave the measure first-round approval on a 41-0 vote.

It would create a sexual assault survivor’s bill of rights, giving survivors the right to have an advocate of their choosing present during medical exams and legal depositions. Survivors could also be interviewed by a law enforcement officer of the gender they choose.

Sen. Kate Bolz, of Lincoln, said she introduced the measure to help people who have just experienced an extremely traumatic event. Some lawmakers questioned whether the measure could have unintended consequences, but agreed to work on it before it receives final approval.

Two additional votes are required in the Legislature before the bill goes to the governor.