Rape Victim Says Rapists Should Not Have Custody Rights
Rapists who have impregnated their victims should not have parental rights, according to one victim of rape.
Shauna Prewitt was a guest speaker at the 32nd Annual Sexual Battery Conference in Gainesville. She told her story about how she became pregnant by her attacker and how he tried to seek custody of the child. Prewitt says she gave up her right to testify against him so he would give up his visitation rights.
She says the constitution gives people including rapists the "right to parent" unless they are deemed an unfit parent. That's why she became a lawyer and is trying to change the law.
"He doesn't get to have a say at the table about where the child goes to school or what religion the child has. He doesn't get to visit the child on the weekends, and this woman doesn't have to feel like she is for the next 18 years tethered to the man who attacked her," Shauna Prewitt (Attorney) said.
Last week, a bill that would terminate parental rights of a rapist was passed in both the Florida House and Senate. The bill is waiting to be signed by the governor.
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