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Oregon rape victim says new federal law will improve victims' rights

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Brenda Tracy, who was the victim of rape in 1998, said a new federal law will go a long way in improving protections for other victims. (KPTV) Brenda Tracy, who was the victim of rape in 1998, said a new federal law will go a long way in improving protections for other victims. (KPTV)
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It’s being called a huge step forward for victims of sexual assault.

A federal bill called the “Survivors Bill of Rights” just passed the U.S. House and Senate, and now an Oregon rape survivor will be heading to Washington D.C. to see President Obama sign it into law.

Brenda Tracy said Thursday that she is still in shock this is happening and called this bill of rights protections that every victim of sexual assault should have.

Tracy became a well-known advocate for other victims after she was gang-raped by four men, two of them football players, near Oregon State University in 1998.

Tracy met with former OSU coach Mike Riley for the first time this summer. She spoke to his players at the University of Nebraska, calling the meeting “healing” and Riley an ally.

However, Tracy’s case was never prosecuted because the statute of limitations ran out, and she said this federal bill of rights goes a long way toward better protecting victims.

It gives victims the right to get a forensic exam for free after an attack and ensures their rape kit won’t be destroyed before the statute of limitations is up.

The bill also states victims should be notified of any test results or matches that come from their rape kit, that they should be notified two months before it’s destroyed and be allowed to have their kit preserved beyond that date by written request.

Even with this new law, Tracy said the fight isn’t over, saying now she’s going to be working to make sure individual states adopt this federal bill.

She said she’s going to be working with lawmakers here in Oregon to do just that in the next legislative session in February.

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