Representative Maria Syms Introduces Bill to Close Sexual Predator Loophole

Home Representative Maria Syms Introduces Bill to Close Sexual Predator Loophole

December 5, 2017

Representative Maria Syms (R-28) recently introduced new legislation that would make nondisclosure agreements designed to silence sexual assault or harassment "void and unenforceable." 

Syms said she proposed House Bill 2020 to close the "sexual predator loophole" that allows perpetrators to buy their victims' silence.

"Justice will no longer go to the highest bidder, and sexual predators will be held accountable," said Representative Syms. "Sexual predators should not be allowed to buy their freedom or a victim's silence. My legislation will close this 'sexual predator loophole' and ultimately will protect the public from these predators and prevent possible future crimes."

This legislation also adds language to hold elected officials to the same standards.

"Elected officials should not be permitted to abuse the public trust by hiding wrongdoing through confidentiality agreements."

Arizona lawmakers will consider HB 2020 when the Legislature convenes in January.

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