Public Safety Update: Protecting Crime Victims

This week, two bills that I am proud to Co-Author passed out of the State Assembly with bipartisan support and are now on their way to the Senate; both protect the rights of crime victims.

AB 939 (Cervantes) provides that in a sexual assault trial, the manner in which the victim was dressed during the offense cannot be used as evidence of consent.

Victims should never be blamed or feel shame by being asked, “What were you wearing?” after bravely coming forward to report a sexual assault. This question not only suggests that the victim provoked the crime, but it also implies the perpetrator had an excuse for their actions. Clothing does not give consent and there is no excuse for sexual assault.

AB 1281 (Rubio) ensures that if a criminal protective order is issued, it would remain in full effect even if the underlying charges are dropped due to the defendant's successful completion of probation.

Victims of witness intimidation or domestic violence should not have to live in fear that their protective order will expire early. These court orders are designed to protect victims from harassment, and they deserve to have the full extent of these protections.

Public safety will always be a top priority, and as your Representative, I will continue to fight for the rights of crime victims.

Thank you for the opportunity to be of service.