Lyons domestic violence protection bill heads to governor

first_img19Apr Lyons’ domestic violence protection bill heads to governor Lyons: Legislation sends message to offenders that Michigan will not tolerate domestic violence and sexual assaultLegislation establishing clear and sensible protections for victims or potential victims of domestic violence has been sent to the governor for his signature.House Bill 4481, introduced by Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons would allow a victim of sexual assault that results in pregnancy to present clear and convincing evidence in order to have the right to parenting time and custody taken away from the assailant.“Michigan needs to send a message that we stand with the victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape,” said Rep. Lyons, R-Alto. “Too often in cases of sexual assault and domestic violence, a rapist will use the threat of seeking custody of the child to intimidate pregnant victims into not pressing criminal charges of the attack. It is unthinkable that we would allow this to occur when we have the ability to provide victims with the protection and peace of mind they need in order to heal.“My bill allows the victim of rape the ability to present clear and convincing evidence—a standard already accepted in child protection and custody cases—in order to have parenting and custody time removed from the rapist.” Categories: Newslast_img read more