Representative intends to close ‘sexual predator loophole’

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Perpetrators can buy their victims’ silence

By Dustin Gardiner |The Republic

Confidentiality agreements that prevent victims from speaking out against their sexual assailants or harassers could soon be rendered useless in Arizona.

A state lawmaker on Thursday proposed legislation that would make nondisclosure agreements “void and unenforceable” when dealing with cases of alleged sexual assault or harassment.

State Rep. Maria Syms, R-Paradise Valley, said she has proposed House Bill 2020 to close the “sexual predator loophole” that allows perpetrators to buy their victims’ silence. Ending such agreements, she said, could prevent future incidents.

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