Laxalt an advocate for fairness, justice | Krasner

One of the reasons I ran for public office was to make sure that all citizens have equal justice under law. That commitment led me to sponsor and vote in favor of several bills that relate to public safety and justice for victims of crime.

I am most proud of Assembly Bill 145, which I authored and sponsored in the 2017 legislative session. AB 145 extends the statute of limitations for child victims of sexual abuse.

Three out of four adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well, according to a study by the National Institute of Justice. One in five girls and one in 20 boys have been a victim of child sexual abuse. A child who is the victim of prolonged sexual abuse usually develops low self-esteem, a feeling of worthlessness and a distorted view of sex. The child may become suicidal.

AB 145 passed unanimously in the Legislature with every Republican and every Democrat voting yes, and was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval. If you follow politics, you know that a piece of legislation that passes unanimously by both political parties is uncommon nowadays. This important law increased the amount of time that child victims of sexual abuse have to sue the predators who abused them as children. In doing so, justice was extended to our most vulnerable victims of crime: children. I'm grateful to our governor and all of the legislators that supported the bill.

Thankfully, we are not alone in the fight to ensure justice for Nevada’s victims of crime.

In 2015, there were almost 8,000 untested sexual assault kits that had piled up on shelves in crime labs across Nevada. That all changed when Adam Laxalt was elected as Nevada attorney general. He prioritized this rape kit backlog issue and found the resources to get the backlogged rape kits tested. He launched an all-hands-on-deck effort to get the rape kits tested before the end of his term, and he has outstanding results to show for it.

According to public records, 95 percent of the backlogged rape kits have been sent for testing as of September 2018. There have been 466 DNA matches, leading to numerous arrests and successful prosecutions.

As your assemblywoman, I am proud of the work I have done to help victims of crime, and happy that we have an ally in our fight for justice. I know that Adam Laxalt, candidate for Nevada governor, will continue to be a strong advocate for fairness and justice for victims of crime.

Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner represents Assembly District 26 in the Nevada Legislature.

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