Survivors’ Bill of Rights in the States Act

What is the S. 2770, the Survivors’ Bill of Rights in the States Act of 2019?

Introduced by Senator Grassley in November of 2019, S. 2770 will direct the Attorney General to make grants to States that have in place a law providing for the rights of sexual assault survivors. The funds will be used to Implement the rights provided for under section 3772 of title 18, United States Code, preserve sexual assault evidence collection kits or the probative contents of such kits, reduce the number of backlogged sexual assault kits or stored kits which victims have consented to test, and provide assistance to victim service providers, victim assistants, and victim advocates to provide victim services.

Why do we need the Survivors’ Bill of Rights in the States Act of 2019?

This bill will provide funding to ensure states see to it that sexual assault survivors have the rights to:

  • Not to be prevented from, or charged for, receiving a medical forensic exam.

  • Have a sexual assault evidence collection kit or its contents preserved, without charge, for either the duration of the maximum applicable statue of limitations or 20 years.

  • Be informed of any result of a sexual assault evidence collection kit, including a DNA profile match, toxicology report, or other information collected through the medical forensic exam, as long as this disclosure would not impede an ongoing investigation.

  • Be informed in writing of policies governing the collection and preservation of a sexual assault evidence collection kit.

This bill would encourage states to give survivors of sexual assault the same protections they are currently given under federal law.

  • Laws on providing medical forensic exams and sexual assault evidence collection kits vary from state to state, making it more difficult for some survivors to receive and preserve their results.

  • According to the Joyful Heart Foundation initiative End the Backlog, approximately in the last decade, over 225,000 untested rape kits have been uncovered and end up untested in law enforcement facilities because of inadequate funding and resources.

According to a report by the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey in 2010, nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives.


Women and transgender students are at higher risks for sexual violence.


Younger people are at the highest risk of sexual violence, and the majority of sexual assault victims are under the age of 30:
Most female victims of completed rape (79.6%) experienced rape before the age of 25 and 42.2% experienced rape before the age of 18.

  • More than ¼ of male victims of completed rape (27.8%) experienced rape when they were 10 years of age or younger.

  • Sexual violence can have long-term effects on victims. For example, the likelihood that a person suffers suicidal or depressive thoughts increases after sexual violence.

According to statistics from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, 94% of women who have been raped experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the two weeks following the rape.

  • 30% of women report symptoms of PTSD 9 months after the rape.

  • 33% of women who are raped contemplate suicide.

  • 13% of women who are raped attempt suicide.

  • Approximately 70% of rape or sexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than for any other violent crime.

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What can I do to take action to get this passed?

Call Your Senators and Urge Them to support S. 2770. We need to garner more support in the Senate so that we can pass this. Use your power as a constituent to sway their support! Find your Senators and their numbers here!

Here is a sample script to use when calling your Senator: I am a constituent as well as a member of Generation Ratify, the youth-led movement to support Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and advance gender equality. I am calling you about S. 2770, the Survivors’ Bill of Rights in the States Act of 2019.


This bill will provide funding to ensure states see to it that sexual assault survivors have the rights to: Not to be prevented from, or charged for, receiving a medical forensic exam; Have a sexual assault evidence collection kit or its contents preserved, without charge, for either the duration of the maximum applicable statue of limitations or 20 years; Be informed of any result of a sexual assault evidence collection kit, including a DNA profile match, toxicology report, or other information collected through the medical forensic exam, as long as this disclosure would not impede an ongoing investigation; and Be informed in writing of policies governing the collection and preservation of a sexual assault evidence collection kit.

According to a report by the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey in 2010, nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives. It is clear that we need policies to fight for survivors.


We need to provide survivors with the resources they need and deserve. I urge the Senator to support S. 2770. Thank you and have a good day.  

Email Your Senators and Urge Them to support S. 2770. As mentioned above, we need to put the pressure on the Senate to pass this. Use this form to send an email straight to your Senators!

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