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Transcript VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN The National Organization for Women has always been deeply concerned about the issue of rape. The National NOW Policy states: GOAL: To revise the present laws which overwhelmingly favor the defendant, impede convictions, allow victims as witnesses to be treated in a manner which iris both humilating and damaging to their emotional health, and which further discourages victims from reporting the crime to officals. On the National, state, and local levels NOW has been actively involved in community services to rape survivors as well as in community education and the reform of tape laws. It is the conviction of NOW that the only way to prevent rape is to change attitudes toward both violence and women. We lice in a society that encourages violence of all kinds, a society that holds women in contempt. The combination of these attitudes results not only in violence against women, including rape, wife- battering and incest, but also in an acceptance of that violence, THIS SITUATION MUST CHANGE! NOW IS MAKING, AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE, EVERY EFFORT TO SEE THAT IT DOES. During the 1983 Legislative session, Texas NOW and other groups worked to pass several pieces of legislation, the most important of which was a rape reform bill introduced first in the House by Rep. Debra Danburg and then in the Senate by Sen. John Whitmire. This law resulted in the following changes: (a) Reclassifies Rape as Sexual Assault-Rape is a crime of violence and not a sexual behavior. It is more appropriately placed in the assault category. (b) Makes the language gender neutral-This allows for the prosecution of botn opposite and same sex rapes. (c) Removes the need for a rape victim to show "earnest" resistance-No other crime requires the victim to prove resistance. No one wants to be mugged—NO ONE WANTS TO BE RAPED. However, under this law, RAPE OF A CO-HABITING SPOUCE IS STILL LEGAL. Although efforts to remove the spousal immunity clause were unsuccessful in the 1983 legislative session, NOW is working with other concerned groups to ensure that the clause is removed in the future. (The above info is from the new brochure by the Texas NOW Task Force on Rape, co-chaired by Lyn McCoy and Madeline