Amanda Nguyen changed how the US handles sexual assaults
State Department official Amanda Nguyen drove forward the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act after fighting not to have her own rape kit destroyed
By Molly Redden

The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act (was signed)

draws from legal rights that already exist in patchwork form in different states across the county. 

It requires steps to ensure that people who have been sexually assaulted have access to a trained sexual assault counselor and comprehensive information about victims’ legal options. 

For individuals who submit to a rape kit, the bill would give them the right to know the location of the evidence, whether the kit has been tested, and the test results.

The bill guarantees these rights whether or not the person reports the crime to law enforcement or agrees to press charges.

It also creates a task force to examine how well the changes are implemented, to include representatives from diverse communities and advocacy backgrounds.


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It’s likely you’ve seen this haunting last photograph of Regina Walters, moments before she was murdered. Below is some information on her killer, Robert Rhoades:

Rhoades was a trucker whose CB handle read “Whips and Chains” and this was a big clue that he was a massive lover of BDSM. He would pick up young female hitchhikers (serial killer alert) at truck stops and offer them a ride. The girls were won over by his charming attitude and good sense of humour, so they didn’t hesitate to hop up into his truck. After driving for a while and talking about mundane things, a switch would suddenly flip inside of Rhoades and he would tie the girl up inside his rig, cut her hair, and pull out his rape kit: a briefcase full of alligator clips, needles, whips, and dildos. After the rape, Rhoades murdered his victims, usually using a piece of wire to garrote them.

On April 1, 1990, a year after he began the murders, Rhoades’ killing spree was brought to an abrupt end. An Arizona patrol officer noticed Rhoades had his hazard lights on. When the officer investigated, he made a shocking discovery. A terrified, naked woman was chained up inside his cab. Rhoades was arrested, and investigators started digging into his background. They searched his truck and apartment and found bloody towels, a diary detailing various rapes and murders, and the infamous photo of young Regina Walters.

obama just passed a law that makes rape kits free for those who request it and agencies must now notify survivors that their rape kit will be disposed of and if they don’t want it to they will be required by law to keep it. THAT is a good president who works to protect his people.

Meet the 24-year-old who could change how the US handles sexual assaults

State Department official Amanda Nguyen drove forward the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act after fighting not to have her own rape kit destroyed

And the bill has a unique driving force behind it: Amanda Nguyen, a 24-year-old State Department liaison to the White House in training to be an astronaut who helped craft the bill. Nguyen became an activist because of her own enormous struggles with a difficult legal system that nearly destroyed her rape kit.

“Basically, I had to pen my own rights into existence,” she said in a recent interview.

Nguyen currently works as the White House’s deputy liaison at the State Department. Her ultimate ambition is to be selected as one of Nasa’s mission specialists. “My timeline maps out to Mars,” she said with a grin.

The long slog facing an aspiring astronaut, she said, calls for the same traits that were useful as she pressed lawmakers: she describes herself as “patient and pathologically optimistic”.

It also helps to be someone who feels like a moonshot is well within reach.

“I could accept injustice or rewrite the law,” Nguyen said. “I chose rewriting the law.”