The legislation allows a rape victim to request a victim advocate be present at the victim’s forensic medical exam, and does not require a rape victim to take a lie detector test.
Advocates say providing as much support as possible is critical to helping victims go forward with difficult prosecutions.
“Victims need to know what their rights are. They need to know what their resources are and we know that when a victim advocate is present, victims get more services, they get more referrals and they have a much clearer understanding of the process," said Jennifer Dritt with the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence.
The new law also provides additional resources and financial help to Floridians who become victims of crime while traveling abroad.