Bill to Support Services for Sexual Assault Survivors Moves Forward
Santa Fe, NM – Today, a bill to support services for sexual assault survivors unanimously passed the House Health and Human Services Committee. HB 203, sponsored by Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson (D-Albuquerque) and Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces) appropriates money from the general fund in order to provide sexual assault resources for New Mexicans across the state.
“This funding will help to provide services for everyone, but especially to make sure survivors of sexual assault will be adequately supported throughout the entire process of reporting, including counseling, support, and advocacy,” said Rep. Joanne Ferrary.
“Support services are incredibly important to ensure survivors of sexual assault can move forward and recover,” said Rep. Liz Thomson. “This bill will help fill a gap, support our communities, and help sexual assault survivors feel safe again.”
Recently, incidents of reporting have gone up in New Mexico, increasing services needed for victims across the state. House Democrats know that expanding access to sexual assault services will help those who are most vulnerable access necessary services and continue to change the culture of sexual violence.
HB 203 now heads to the Appropriations and Finance Committee.