In October of 2017 the state of California joined the federal government in securing much needed protections to sexual assault survivors. The bill of rights passed in California, known as AB 1312, is based on a federal bill written by Amanda Nguyen, who founded a nonprofit organization, Rise, after justice in her own case failed in Massachusetts.
The Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights requires survivors be given a standardized card outlining their rights and the resources available to them. The bill requires women be provided birth control after their assault. Crucially, the bill also requires law enforcement agencies to preserve all rape test kits for unsolved cases for 20 years minimum or until a victims who is a minor turns age 40.