Assembly Passes Bill Protecting Spousal Assault Victims

Local Assemblywoman Toni Atkins Authored Bill To Prevent Alimony For Those Convicted Of Spousal Assault

People convicted of spousal rape will no longer be able to collect alimony if a bill passed by the state Assembly becomes law.

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AB1522 was passed unanimously with 69 votes Thursday. It would prohibit judges from awarding alimony, attorney's fees or insurance benefits to people convicted of violent sexual felonies against their spouses.

Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, said that the bill was necessary to close a loophole that forces victims to pay their abusers.

The bill is a response to the case of San Diegan Crystal Harris, who accused her husband Shawn Harris of raping her and was forced to pay his alimony and attorney's fees before he was convicted.

Current law prevents spouses convicted of attempted spousal murder from taking their intended victim's assets.

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