Summary: H.R.688 — 103rd Congress (1993-1994)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/27/1993)

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Title I: Sexual Violence

Subtitle A: Penalties and Remedies

Subtitle B: Rules of Evidence, Practice, and Procedure

Subtitle C: Safe Campuses

Subtitle D: Assistance to States and Localities

Title II: Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Offenses Against

the Family

Title III: National Task Force on Violence Against Women

Sexual Assault Prevention Act of 1993 - Title I: Sexual Violence - Subtitle A: Penalties and Remedies - Amends the Federal criminal code to provide for: (1) pretrial detention in sex offense cases; and (2) the death penalty for murders committed by sex offenders.

Increases penalties for: (1) recidivist sex offenders; and (2) sex offenses against victims under age 16.

Amends: (1) the Victims' Rights and Restitution Act of 1990 to require a governmental department or agency to pay for up to two tests for a sexual assault victim in the 12 months following the assault and a counseling session; (2) the Controlled Substances Act to provide for increased penalties for distribution of a controlled substance to a woman while she is pregnant; and (3) the Federal criminal code to authorize the restitution of victims of sex offenses.

Establishes a civil remedy for victims of sexual violence.

Subtitle B: Rules of Evidence, Practice, and Procedure - Amends the Federal Rules of Evidence to allow evidence of similar offenses in criminal or civil sexual assault and child molestation cases.

Revises Federal Rule of Evidence 412 (rape victim shield law).

Adds a Federal Rule of Evidence that, in a criminal case in which a person is accused of a sex offense, evidence is not admissible to show that the alleged victim invited or provoked the commission of the offense.

Enacts rules to be known as the Rules of Professional Conduct for Lawyers in Federal Practice.

Subtitle C: Safe Campuses - Requires the Attorney General to provide for a national baseline study on campus sexual assault.

Subtitle D: Assistance to States and Localities - Authorizes the Attorney General to make grants to support projects and programs relating to sexual violence.

Title II: Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Offenses Against the Family - Amends the Federal criminal code to establish penalties for interstate travel to commit spouse abuse or to violate a protective order.

Establishes penalties (including restitution) for noncompliance with child support obligations in interstate cases.

Provides for full faith and credit of protective orders among the States.

Directs the Attorney General to: (1) prepare a report on the status of battered women's syndrome as a medical and psychological condition and on its effect in criminal trials; (2) conduct a study of the means by which abusive spouses may obtain information concerning the addresses or locations of estranged or former spouses; and (3) complete a study of problems of recordkeeping of criminal complaints involving domestic violence.

Authorizes the Attorney General to make grants to support projects and programs relating to domestic violence and other criminal and unlawful acts that particularly affect women.

Title III: National Task Force on Violence Against Women - Establishes the National Task Force on Violence Against Women to develop a uniform Federal, State, and local law enforcement strategy aimed at protecting women against violent crimes, punishing persons who commit such crimes, and enhancing the rights of the victims.