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California could protect sex assault victims facing lawsuits


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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly has voted to advance a bill to protect sexual assault survivors from retaliatory lawsuits. The legislation comes years after a former state lawmaker sued a woman over her sexual assault allegations against him. Supporters hope it will counteract efforts to silence victims. The bill received overwhelming support Thursday. It would help victims recover money they lost from being sued over their claims. It still has to be passed in the Senate before reaching the governor’s desk. Amid the Me Too movement, lawmakers in California and many other states have resigned over accusations of wrongdoing.

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