Reps. Poe and Maloney Move to Better Hospital Treatment of Rape Victims
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney joined Rep. Ted Poe this week to introduce H.R. 3415, the bi-partisan Megan Rondini Act, to require that hospitals have a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) available at all times or have a plan in place to transport patients to a nearby hospital with an available SAFE.
This bill is named in honor of Megan Rondini, a rape survivor who committed suicide after feeling failed by investigators, the University of Alabama, and the hospital where she was treated.
“No rape survivor should ever feel so let down and abandoned by the very people charged with assisting survivors that the only way out seems to be suicide,” said Rep. Maloney. “Rape victims have a right to proper care and need to know that the individuals gathering evidence and testing their rape kits are well-trained. Megan’s story is tragic, and unfortunately not one-of-a-kind, and we need to do better.”