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Houston Breakthrough 1979-06 - Page 11. June 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 22, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/912/show/899.

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(June 1979). Houston Breakthrough 1979-06 - Page 11. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/912/show/899

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1979-06
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date June 1979
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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Transcript the family code that says each spouse nas equal obligation to support the other spouse. Formerly it stated the husband should support his wife, and the wife should support her husband only when he was unable to support himself. "I am certainly in favor of a woman supporting her husband if he is disabled. But on the other hand, I want women to have the protection of not having to go to work if she feels that her children are better off with her in the home. Then she has the right to be totally supported by her husband. If she wants to stay home and be a full-time wife and mother, then she should have that right. If she wants to work, she should have that right also. "This bill is another loss of rights for women. I assume it was changed to go along with the state ERA. We were hoping Clements would veto it. Apparently, he did not. "We are also pleased that SB. 117 passed. "As far as the ERA, we are very sorry our bill to rescind did not get out of committee. We are totally thrilled the ERA a woman named Mi chol O'Connor, a U.S. Attorney. She researched all the different states' legislation regarding rape, trying to see where obvious needs were left un-met, how Texas compared, and what could be done. "She decided that we're getting nowhere saying over and over that rape is not a sexual crime, that it is a crime of violence. That line just gets lost on the general public. Instead she thought, we should do away with a word that is loaded with sexual meaning—rape—then we could begin to convince jurors and judges that the rape victim is a victim of a violent crime. "Along with that proposal, she worked in several changes which we hailed as moves that have long been needed. "One was the proposal that both sexes could rape and be raped. That has been needed for a long time. "Another change would have made it assault under the law if a person had oral or anal contact with the genitals of another. Up to now, the legal definition in- "It will take defecuve children born to be living witness .o the atrocity of abortion. There are more than enough people in "right-to-life" to adopt and care for these children."—Early was defeated in state after state, and rescinded in another state, bringing the total to five. "We are also thrilled that since the economic boycott was instituted by NOW, not one single state has ratified. "We think the ERA is more dead than alive, for all practical purposes. "Overall, I would assess the legislative session as good, more good than bad." Gail Padgett, Director, Houston Rape Crisis Coalition ^^There were two bills that particularly interested me this session. "The first, S. B. 500, would have changed the word 'rape' to 'assault' in the penal code, and would have made several other changes in the meantime. That bill died when the session adjourned. "The second one did pass, and I am hoping it will prove to be a meaningful bill in time. It deals with compensation for victims of all crimes. Criminal offenders, on prosecution and conviction, will be fined. This money will be pooled, so that victims of crimes can be compensated for repair of physical damage, loss of time from jobs, psychiatric follow-up. "There are some problems. Victims must file for the money through the Industrial Accident Board, which is a very slow process. So they can't collect until long after they have had to pay out-of- pocket. Victims who have no money will have to track down free services, which are virtually non-existent. "Also, I suspect that it is going to take a while for the money that is being collected from the offenders to accumulate to an amount that is going to be meaningful. "All in all, though, I think this bill is very promising. The legislature is realising the need for such compensation—for victims of all crimes. "Certainly rape victims will be as appreciative as anyone. For the last several years, the state has paid for the collection of legal evidence, which includes the standard rape examination. Damages, however, were not being paid. There was no compensation for lacerations and broken arms till this bill came along. "S. B. 500 started off being written by volves only a penis ana a vagina. The new law would have also included attacks involving foreign objects, not covered before. "O'Connor also worked in the proposal that you could charge assault if you were not cohabiting with the perpetrator of the crime. If you were living together, married or unmarried, you could not. "Now obviously this did not include living-together married couples,which is something we have been trying to move toward. But it would have brought us a little closer. If you'd been dating and having sex but not living together this proposal would have made it a little bit easier in court to charge assault. "Another point, which might have been added when the bill was out of O'Connor's hands, I found out about only in the last couple of weeks. A strange little clause in the proposal said a person could not charge assault if the attack were something predictable because of employment. "I can't imagine the kind of situation they could be thinking about. Prostitution? We are pretty good at looking for the good intent. We are also good at seeing loopholes. But we can't find a good intent in that particular clause. "We are very glad to see the bill die, because as amendments were added and deleted, it lost every good point except the name change. "When it first began, I felt real good about it. I would have much preferred that it also include people who are cohabiting with the victim, but I was quite willing to compromise in order to make the other gains. Pokey Anderson, Member, National Board, Gay Political Caucus ••Most of my information comes from the Texas Gay Task Force lobbyists in Austin. This is really the first year they've lobbied, and for a first year effort, I think they did a fine job. "According to their releases, their basic stance was a holding action! They were concerned about some very anti-gay continued on page 20 SPECIAL SCREENINGS DAILY If you're looking for a new way to advertise, or if you have a unique printing problem, try our silkscreening services. We can print anything from t-shirts to a table top, including: Exhibit & display work, 8' panels (on formica or glass), 20' banners, outdoor signs, t-shirts and garments, and brochure covers. Call us for an estimate on your special screening. A&E SCREEN PRINTING Mary Lou Crossley, Curlis Ann Reynolds 6245 Brookhill #2, Houston, Texas 77087/(713) 644-1731 hous'ov'kol'man n. 1. A woman-owned business specializing in quality graphics and printing. 2. 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