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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Jan. 27, 1975)
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SALE ENDS JANUARY 3
1 375 S. 33rd
Rape bill discussed
By Jim Zalewski
Legislation concerning rape and sexual assault drew most of the
attention at the Women's Lobby Legislative Workshop held
Saturday at the Unitarian Church, 6300 A St. The Women's Lobby
is advocating the deletion of the word "rape" from Nebraska's
lawbooks and the substitution of the words "sexual assault" with
LB 23, according to Karen Flowers representing the Lincoln
Coalition Against Rape.
"Rape is an assault and should be treated as such, flowers said.
"An assault can be committed by anyone upon anyone."
Flowers said that current laws say a threat of brutal force is
necessary to constitute a crime of rape. The proposed law would
make force, threat of force, deception or coercion grounds for a
rape charge, she said.
The new terms would provide legal recourse for women raped
because they were intoxicated or subjected to mental anguish, she
said. Previously, unless force was used, women in these situations
had no recourse, she said.
"We hope the judge will start to consider the amount of
physical and mental damage involved," she said.
LB 23 also includes a provision for lowering the age for victims
of statutory rape to 12, although "it is not something to lose the
bill over," said Flowers. State law now sets the age at 15.
Current court and investigation procedures discriminate against
women involved in rape cases, said Flowers and Sherry Farrar, a
"Reporting a rape is not easy for a woman to do," Farrar said.
"The victim is first given a physical examination, and then is
questioned by doctors. She is then questioned by police and asked
by police to prepare a written statement. It is a long process and
one that is not easy for a woman to undergo."
If no discrepancies in the evidence exists, Farrar said the victim
and the defendant are frequently asked to take a lie detector test.
The woman takes the test first, she said. If she refuses to take the
test, chances are her case will not get to court.
Flowers said this is discriminatory, because she said it is a
constitutional right for a person to refuse to take a lie detector
"This implies that women can't be trusted," she said. "If the
law was changed, it wouldn't necessarily mean more convictions,
but more cases would get to court."
Flowers said that now it is legally insufficient to sustain a
conviction for rape solely on the testimony of the victim.
Police investigation of the sexual history of the victim also was
criticized by Flowers.
"The guidelines shouldn't include the past history of the
victim," she said. "It is relevant only in a very narrow set of
circumstances, though prior activity with the accused would be
The time taken to report a rape case should not be held against
the victim, Flowers said.
"Just because a woman waits a day or two doesn't mean her
case shouldn't go to court," Farrar said. "I can't imagine a woman
wanting to go through investigation by the police, county attorney
and the court if she wasn't telling the truth."
Flowers also said the rape victim is often discriminated against if
she complies in order to avoid physical or other dangers.
State Sen. Shirley Marsh of Lincoln also addressed the
workshop and spoke about the need for coordination of human
services in the state.
Marsh said LB 373, introduced Friday by Lincoln Sen. Wally
Barnett, would create a department of children and youth and a
youth advisory council.
"The purpose of the bill," Marsh said, "is to establish an agency
of state government to plan, provide, and promote services for
Marsh said the bill attempts to create an agency to prevent
many potential offenders from committing future crimes.
"We pay for the services and costs of the pen " she said. "Why
not spend the money to prevent it at an earlier date? We don't
provide the services at e time they are needed."
is interviewing students interested in being
chairman or assistant chairman for their committees:
Application are due JANUARY 31 and may be
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monday, january 27, 1975
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