Rape

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Two laws signed by Governor Sununu on Wednesday will limit certain legal arguments in sex crime cases.

Beginning January 1 of next year, a defendant can no longer argue in court that he or she did not know the age of a prostitution or human trafficking victim.

Additionally, Sununu signed a high profile bill strengthening the state’s so-called “rape shield” law. He explained the change would “ensure that the private and unrelated sexual history of sexual assault victims will not be used against them in any court proceeding.”

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After this summer’s rape trial ended in conviction of a former St. Paul’s student on several counts, many educators and parents are taking stock of teachable moments: do teenagers understand the concept of consent, how does media influence their thinking, how can they protect themselves and others. We’ll look at how well we prepare our youth for these situations.

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