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Representative Wray Amends Sexual Assault Survivor Legislation with Important Victim Protections  print page

by: Rep. Wray, John
06/25/2019

(Austin, TX) - HB 8 extends the statute of limitations for certain sexual offenses for which evidence is collected. The legislative additions by Wray will ensure that individuals who report sexual assault in Texas are provided the most important information immediately in a consistent format, regardless of the jurisdiction.

Ellis County resident and constituent Abby Brookshire worked with Representative Wray and his office to address the lack of information sexual assault victims received prior to the passage of this important legislation. "With the passage of this amendment, future survivors will be better able to find immediate support needed to turn them from victim to victor," said Brookshire.

Wray's changes to HB 8 require two very simple steps to be taken by all law enforcement officers and medical professionals when a sexual assault is reported to them. The first step requires oral notification to the victim that there is no cost for a related forensic exam. The second step requires that the law enforcement officer or medical professional provide the Standard Information Sheet for Sexual Assault Patients, which details the rights to which a victim is entitled, which includes Abby's priorities such as the name and phone number of a local rape crisis center.

"I'm thankful for Ms. Brookshire, who came to my office with the goal of making a difference for her fellow Texans. Her passion and experience inspired me to file this legislation. After a lot of research, we identified two simple steps, which will create a more accurate and efficient process during a sexual assault report," said Wray.

HB 8 as amended by Rep Wray passed unanimously out of the House and Senate. It has been signed by the Governor and will be effective on September 1, 2019.

ABOUT JOHN WRAY
State Representative John Wray is serving his third term representing House District 10, including Ellis County. He serves as Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Public Health, as well as the Calendars and Ways and Means Committees. A former councilman and mayor of Waxahachie, Wray currently practices Estate Planning and Probate Law in Ellis County.

Representative Wray is available for comments. Contact Benjamin Williams at Benjamin.williams@house.texas.gov or 512-463-0516

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