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Seeking justice and healing: Eastern Panhandle delegate, victim advocate start conversation about sexual assault

By DANYEL VanREENEN

The Journal

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — After three years of advocacy, victims and survivors of sexual assault finally have a codified set of rights to support them along their path to justice.

In March, the West Virginia Legislature passed SB72 — known as “The Survivor’s Bill of Rights” or “Hazel’s Law.”

“(The Bill) is pretty significant because what it does is it gives rights to a survivor of sexual assault that most people believed that they already had, but by legislation they didn’t until this year,” Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center Executive Director Katie Spriggs said.

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