Operation Freefall 2006: Join RAINN and Speaking Out About Rape (SOAR) for the sixth annual Operation Freefall. On April 29, 2006 thousands of skydivers will take to the air in order to show their support and raise money for the fight against sexual assault. This year’s event, which culminates National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month, is expected to be the largest ever. Visit www.operationfreefall.comfor more information on how you can sign up to become a jumper.
On March 20, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signed a bill to create a sexual assault protection order. The new law provides that petitions for such an order may be filed by a victim or by another person on behalf of a minor victim, a vulnerable adult victim, or any other adult victim who, because of age, disability, health, or inaccessibility, cannot file the petition.
On March 8, the Justice for Crime Victims' Families Act, sponsored by Representative Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA,) was added to the Children's Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act that was passed in the House on March 8. The Justice for Crime Victims' Families Act requires the Attorney General to submit a report to Congress on ways to increase the success of federal, state, and local homicide investigations. The Attorney General must also report on the ability of federal, state, and local homicide investigators to solve homicides involving missing persons and unidentified human remains. Specifically, the report must examine what is being done to expand national criminal records databases, enhance the collection of DNA samples from missing persons, and improve the performance of medical examinations. The Children's Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act now goes to the Senate for consideration.