Bill Allowing Young Victims To Secretly Record Attackers Heads To Senate Floor

Apr 10, 2015

Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Ft. Myers) is the author of a bill allowing young victims to secretly record their attackers.
Credit Sen. Benacquisto's twitter

A measure allowing certain abuse victims to secretly record their attackers to use as evidence in court is now heading to the Senate floor.

Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto’s (R-Fort Myers) bill specifically pertains to child victims.

“This bill would allow children under the age of 18 to record communication that would capture the intent to commit or the commission or an admission that there has a commission been an unlawful sexual act or unlawful act of physical force or violence against that child,” said Benacquisto, during the bill's last committee stop.

And, the measure unanimously passed the Senate Rules Committee Thursday—thus sending it to the floor. Meanwhile, the House already passed a similar measure last month. Unlike the Senate bill, the House version allows all victims of sexual and physical abuse to use secret recordings.

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