Toughen Sexual Abuse Laws

Governor Tim Kaine wants the General Assembly to toughen laws against sexual abuse and domestic violence, including ending lie detectors for women who report rapes.

Other bills the governor will support would boost funding for the state's 37 crisis centers for victims of sexual attacks and for sexual assault prevention programs.

He also wants to close a loophole in state law that allows someone who has sexually assaulted a girl 14 to 16 years old from shielding himself from prosecution by later offering to marry his victim.

Another provision would require instant reporting into the state police crime database of protective orders courts issue in civil cases to battered or abused spouses.

It now takes up to 48 hours to get the orders entered so that law enforcement agencies have access to them.


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