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The Rape Survivor Child Custody Act passed by Congress

Legislators from both parties are behind Congress's decision to pass H.R. 2772. This is The Rape Survivor Child Custody Act, and it was passed on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. This legislation will affect victims of rape in Colorado and elsewhere in this nation in regards to children who are born as a result the violent act.

As an amendment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, this new bill will provide protection for the children who are conceived during rapes. It will also empower the victims by preventing sexual predators from gaining custody of their children in the aftermath of the attacks. Representative Tom Marino said the goal of this bill is to remove the parental rights of those who commit rape. Marino co-sponsored this bill with Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Although this bill is a step in the right direction, there is still a long way to go. Nearly two dozen states do not enforce this law. However, the congressmen and women who have worked hard by putting their differences aside to pass this bill to protect the victims and children of rape are pushing for all states to enforce this legislation.

Victims of rape who are battling the biological fathers over child custody issues may wish to speak to attorneys who can advise them on how to approach their situations legally. Colorado attorneys are knowledgeable about the laws regarding custody and rape in the state. With the help of legal professionals. mothers who are victims of rape may be able to find some justice from knowing that their children will never be exposed to their attackers.

Source:, "Bipartisan Bill Prohibits Rapists From Seeking Child Custody", Cortney O'Brien, May 21, 2015

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