Sen. Jeff Flake reintroduces bill to protect child sexual assault victims

Published on December 12, 2018

With his time in office nearing an end, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) reintroduced a bill Monday that would prevent accused child molesters from directly questioning their alleged victims during trial.

Under provisions of the bill, defendants in sexual assault cases acting as their own attorneys would not be allowed to cross-examine victims younger than 18.

Instead, court-supervised attorneys would have to conduct defense questioning of victims in such cases.

“This bill protects child victims of sexual assault from having to endure any further trauma from their assailants,” Flake said in a press release.

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