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New victim protections passed by Legislature celebrated
The governor noted the courage and work of Becky Ranes, the mother of 9-year-old Joshua Savyon, in passing a law establishing the crime of domestic violence.
“As Joshua’s mother, it was important to me to support this legislation in his memory,” Ranes said. “I wanted to do something that would help lessen the chance of losing another child in New Hampshire to domestic violence. Joshua’s Law will do just that.”
Under another law, it would be easier for women impregnated during a rape who decide to have the child, to terminate the parental rights of the rapist.
The bill’s prime sponsor, Sen. Bette Lasky, D-Nashua, said current law holds rape victims to a higher standard for terminating parental rights.
Rape is the most underreported violent crime in the United States, and in New Hampshire, only 3 percent of rapes ever result in a conviction, she said.
House Bill 1410, which adds household and domesticated animals to the domestic violence protection statute;
House Minority Leader Gene Chandler, R-Bartlett, who was the lead House sponsor on several of the bills, said the bills will ensure New Hampshire remains in the forefront on domestic violence legislation.
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