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house Bill H.R. 2120

Do Victims of Sex Offenses Need Permanent Restraining Orders On Their Attackers?

Argument in favor

Victims of sex offenses and those close to them should never have to endure contact with the person’s attacker. Letting courts issue permanent protection orders makes sense, and doesn’t place the burden of continuing a protective order on the victim.

Frank's Opinion
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08/26/2015
Permanent restraining orders should be on a case by case basis. A sixteen year old girl dating a seventeen year old male should not have a permanent restraining order because a parent gets upset for what ever reason.
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Scott's Opinion
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08/26/2015
This is a common sense measure that in no way infringes on "states rights" (code for racist, bigoted, anti women, anti lgbt). It simply mandates that states failing to comply will lose some federal subsidies which will be distributed to states that comply. These "states rights" advocates should welcome this, as it REMOVES a layer of federal involvement in the case of a states' non compliance. Of course, the citizens claiming states rights the loudest are living in states that receive the most federal aid, compared to what they pay in federal taxes. Go figure.
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PacificCstar's Opinion
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08/26/2015
With the number of unreported sex crimes that take place, victims who actually do come forward should never have to see their abuser again.
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Argument opposed

While this may be a well-intentioned policy, the Dept. of Justice shouldn’t be requiring states to adopt these policies under threat of cutting off 10 percent of the state’s federal law enforcement grant funding.

John's Opinion
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08/21/2015
NO NO NO!!! None of the Federal Government's business. Completely up to local and State government's to decide.
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JasonRL's Opinion
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08/26/2015
This needs to stay at the state level, for sure.
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operaman's Opinion
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08/21/2015
Just how will this help when the Fed Justice Dept releases alien illegal immigrants with sexual assault from jail or releases them by back to their country of origin where they then return back to the US border. So much for security! Another common way to ignore a restraining order is to move to another State or possibly to another county. Seems like the only way this could work is assigning a Fed agent(s) for lifetime protection or maybe a Fed leg bracelet. What about the 2A? Weapon training, personal weapon and a "Joe Biden" shotgun. Then give the sexual assault victim a "open season" license to shoot, maim or kill the sexual pervert upon site. "Wild West Retribution"
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedApril 29th, 2015
    Permanent restraining orders should be on a case by case basis. A sixteen year old girl dating a seventeen year old male should not have a permanent restraining order because a parent gets upset for what ever reason.
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    NO NO NO!!! None of the Federal Government's business. Completely up to local and State government's to decide.
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    This needs to stay at the state level, for sure.
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    This is a common sense measure that in no way infringes on "states rights" (code for racist, bigoted, anti women, anti lgbt). It simply mandates that states failing to comply will lose some federal subsidies which will be distributed to states that comply. These "states rights" advocates should welcome this, as it REMOVES a layer of federal involvement in the case of a states' non compliance. Of course, the citizens claiming states rights the loudest are living in states that receive the most federal aid, compared to what they pay in federal taxes. Go figure.
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    With the number of unreported sex crimes that take place, victims who actually do come forward should never have to see their abuser again.
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    I'd actually like to see the "death" penalty for sex offenders of children. I don't think these perverts can be punished enough.
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    Of course they do ! I would not want a person with these illnesses following my family members around! This is where people could get very hurt! From being a victim of a repeat action!
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    Just how will this help when the Fed Justice Dept releases alien illegal immigrants with sexual assault from jail or releases them by back to their country of origin where they then return back to the US border. So much for security! Another common way to ignore a restraining order is to move to another State or possibly to another county. Seems like the only way this could work is assigning a Fed agent(s) for lifetime protection or maybe a Fed leg bracelet. What about the 2A? Weapon training, personal weapon and a "Joe Biden" shotgun. Then give the sexual assault victim a "open season" license to shoot, maim or kill the sexual pervert upon site. "Wild West Retribution"
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    Let states decide domestic relations, like the Constitution says.
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    Yes if a person is a victim of a sex crime they should have a permanent order of protection against the the perpetrator.
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    It should at least be an option.
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    It is simply common sense for a very real problem
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    YES They do!
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    This is not mandatory permanent restraint, it just places burden of lifting the order on the offender - still allows case by case determination. Burden on states to implement is minimal.
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    Normally I would be against the Feds involvement and say states should undertake the burden of enforcing this law but what happens when somebody moves from one state to the other and their stocker follows them I think in this case a federal law would be appropriate
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    Duh!!!
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    Why should a victim of a sex offense have to worry about renewing?!
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    Might get hurt or killed
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    I would have voted "yea" if not for the threat of cutting off 10% of funding to the states for law enforcement if they don't comply. That's unnecessary.
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    It's their right to choose who is around them. If they are attacked, then it is their right to not want to be bothered or attacked again
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