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New report urges Minnesota lawmakers to adopt stronger sexual assault laws


February 4, 2021


Rep. Kelly Moller, DFL-Shoreview, listened during a meeting of the Joint House Senate Conference Committee discussing the spending bill for public safety at the State Capitol in St. Paul in May 2019.

A working group tasked with studying gaps in the state's sexual assault laws says Minnesota needs to make it easier for victims of extortion and alcohol-related assaults to get justice.

The group's recommendations, prompted by the Star Tribune's "Denied Justice" investigative series, now head to the State Capitol, where a bipartisan group of legislators say they're hopeful the changes will pass the Legislature this session.

"I think this is a good first step, and it shows that our statutes can evolve over time with thoughtful consideration and input from the people who those laws are meant to serve," said Megan Arriola, a sexual assault survivor and advocate who was part of the working group. "My goal was to make sure that, when someone does approach me and a fellow advocate and tells us that they were a victim of sexual violence, that we can feel confident in directing them to seek justice through the criminal justice system."


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