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If approved, Ohio rape victims could terminate attacker's parental rights

Published: Wed, January 15, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

SEE ALSO: State bill would increase penalties against those soliciting minors for sex

By Marc Kovac



Rape victims would be able to ask courts to terminate the parental rights of their attackers, under legislation being considered in the Ohio Senate.

SB 171 focuses on sex crimes that result in pregnancies and would ensure perpetrators are denied visitation and other privileges.

“Today, Ohio is one of 31 states lacking laws barring rapists from claiming child custody and visitation options available to parents,” Sen. Nina Turner, D-Cleveland, sponsor of the bill, told members of the Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee. “In cases where the attacker decides to sue for these privileges, hope for a sympathetic judge is the only defense a survivor has.”

The legislation has its first hearing Tuesday. It was prompted, in part, by Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who kidnapped and imprisoned three women and repeatedly raped and beat them over a 10-year period.

After his arrest, he requested visitation rights with the 6-year-old girl he fathered with one of the victims. The judge denied that request. Castro later committed suicide.

SB 171 would allow victims to file court claims terminating the parental rights of their attackers and would enable children to be placed for adoption without the latter’s consent.


1NoBS(2263 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Who would even entertain the notion that a rapist has parental rights? That's just mind-numbing.

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2Attis(1010 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

This is a no-brainer and should have enacted decades ago along with a provision that no woman murdered by her husband or ex carries his name into perpetuity but rather has her identity restored to the family which gave her life (her maiden name) rather than the misogynist which gave her death.

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3southsidedave(5117 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Rapists should have no rights, except to spend a lengthy amount of time in prison.

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