Barbara Child


WITH THE ENACTMENT of Am. Sub. S.B. 144,1 Ohio has now joined the small group of states' that are revising their rape laws in measures significant enough to indicate that a trend may be underway. Ohio's new law is designed to protect victims of sex offenses: it contains major provisions affecting (1) the definition of rape itself; (2) new services for victims; (3) record suppression; (4) evidence rules; and (5) sentencing for certain offenders. The new law attempts to secure complainants' rights to privacy and equal protection together with defendants' rights to a fair trial and due process; however, the law may after all satisfy no one completely, and some of it is almost certain to undergo vigorous constitutional attacks.

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