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Letting Survivors Speak rally, 9/27

Elena Fullerton (left) is comforted as her mom shares her experience with sexual assault during a rally on Thursday at the State Capitol.

For communities with young adults or college-aged children and to the voting community, I would encourage you to contact your district's senator and ask them to push for LB43, also known as the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights.

As a 21-year-old woman attending the University of Nebraska at Kearney majoring in family studies and minoring in social work, this bill is extremely important. This bill is a protection of rights for survivors of sexual assault, male and female.

This legislation needs to be in place so that we protect the one in four women and one in six men who will be a victim of sexual assault over their lifetimes. LB43 helps to encourage those that are victimized to come forward and know they won’t be further oppressed by the justice system during the investigation.

It also provides a self-appointed advocate for the victim, if he or she chooses to have one. This makes it so the victim wouldn’t have to go to examinations or court alone, meaning they would have someone to lean on. This can reduce the mental and emotional stress related to the event.

The only way our senators can truly work for us is if we tell them what is important to us as a community -- so please encourage your senators to push for this bill and others like it.

Amber Trimble, Gibbon

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