Parental rights and rapist. Those do not belong in the same sentence. EVER
Currently 18 states and Washington DC allow rapists to have visitation.
32 States do not allow visitation. That number needs to be 50. DC is in the business of raping, America, Economy our Rights.
I hope this article motivates you to demand action from your state reps.
Currently there are 5 states that are “trying” to make it more difficult for the rapist to have visitation.
The bills in Ohio’s House and Senate were prompted by Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who made international headlines for kidnapping and raping three women over a decade. His request for visitation rights with a six-year-old daughter born of one of those rapes was denied by a judge before Castro killed himself.
“Ohio is allowing assailants to continue to torment their victims rather than protecting survivors and their children,” Sen. Nina Turner (D), who sponsored the Senate bill, said according to local reporter Marc Kovac. The House version of the proposal was passed unanimously in mid-January.
A Vermont House proposal requires only that a court find “clear and convincing evidence that the child was conceived as a result of a sexual assault or sexual exploitation” and not that the alleged rapist be convicted. It passed the state House on Friday with no opposition.
Rapists can use parental rights to coerce their victims into silence, one of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Michele Fay (D) said, according to journalistic watchdog VTDigger.org.
“This bill really is for those victims who are struggling within the context of a marriage or another intimate partner relationship and need to see their way out,” Fay said. Statistics show that many rapes are perpetrated by individuals who know their victims. Victims will still be able to seek child support under the proposal.
Under existing Nebraska law, individuals convicted of first-degree sexual assault lose parental rights, but a new proposal would extend that prohibition to those convicted of lesser second- and third-degree assaults, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Bills in Washington state’s House and Senate would allow courts to revoke parental rights of accused rapists in light of “clear and convincing evidence” that a child was born as the result of non-consensual sex. But that allowance has stalled the bills, according to a recent Seattle Times report.
State law currently allows victims to put children up for adoption without the rapist’s consent, but the bills would go further in allowing victims to refuse child support from rapists in addition to restricting their parental rights.
A proposed bill in New Hampshire would similarly allow the restriction of rights without a conviction and also change current law from simply allowing courts to revoke a rapist’s parental rights to requiring it to do so.
Rape is a terrible and disgusting crime. It is a crime that some women can never escape, it is with them everyday. In my opinion it is as bad as murder or worse.
For the women that are brave enough to not hold the child of such an evil act responsible for the “fathers” sin I applaud you. I pray that the states will act in wisdom and disallow the rapist any rights whatsoever.
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