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Union Leader January 9, 2021
Amanda Grady Sexton, director of public affairs for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, said the prospect of abusers getting out is wreaking havoc in the lives of survivors.
"In one case, a survivor was forced to leave the safety of her own home and to seek confidential housing in order to protect herself from a dangerous abuser who petitioned for release due to health concerns around COVID. No victim or family member should ever be displaced because the system decided their offender's safety was more important than theirs," she said.
US News & World Report December 30, 2020
New Hampshire will make multiple changes to state laws regarding sexual assault. Starting Jan. 1, the definition of sexual assault will be expanded to include any sexual contact between school employees and students between the ages of 13 and 18. Previously, such contact could be considered consensual and not a crime if the student was 16 or 17. Other legislation taking effect in mid-January increases protections for sexual assault victims and requires colleges and universities to adopt sexual misconduct policies. The bill requires colleges to provide free access to medical and legal support services, anti-retaliation protections, confidential advising services, data on sexual violence, and prevention and response training.
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