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Jan 15, 2017 2:32 PM

Criticism of bill that requires corroboration of sexual assault victim testimony


A bill up for hearing next week would require the testimony of victims in sexual assault cases to be corroborated, but some say this is dangerous, and would undo progress New Hampshire has made on the subject of victim's rights.

The current law (RSA 632-A:6), states that "the testimony of the victim shall not be required to be corroborated in prosecutions" in sexual assault cases.

But House Bill 106 would adjust that to state: "The testimony of the victim shall be corroborated in prosecutions under this chapter only in cases where the defendant has no prior convictions under this chapter," reports the Union Leader.

Advocates for the bill say that the new phrasing would help protect citizens from false accusations.

The hearing on House Bill 106 began at 10 a.m. on Sunday in the Legislative Office Building, room Room 204.

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