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Grafton County officials sued in federal court over jail guard's alleged sexual assault of inmates
WMUR September 15, 2022
Victim advocates said the case underscores the responsibility of people in positions of power and the vulnerability of those they are supposed to protect.
"Victims face so many barriers in reporting in any kind of case, but when the individual who has committed the offense is a person in a position of trust or authority, it can be even more difficult," said Lyn Schollett, executive director of the Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Schollett called the vulnerability of the alleged victims unique.
"People who are incarcerated have a lot less autonomy anyway and often fear that the system that they report to won't believe them because of their own past, and that's wrong," she said.
Department of Justice issues new guidance on state firearms law, seeking to clear the record
New Hampshire Bulletin September 12, 2022
The new guidance was applauded by the state's Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
“As the Attorney General’s Office has consistently said throughout the legislative process, this law will have no impact on the ability of law enforcement officers in New Hampshire to remove firearms from those who are legally prohibited from possessing or purchasing them, including those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence,” Amanda Grady Sexton, director of public affairs for the coalition, said in a statement Wednesday. “Additionally, this law will not have an impact on survivors who seek domestic violence protective orders. With 50 percent of all homicides in New Hampshire related to domestic violence, it is critical that laws surrounding this crime remain effective ways to prevent future violence.”