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The 2021-2022 Legislative Session saw a lot domestic violence and sexual assault legislation. Over 16 bills from the State House and State Senate were passed and signed into law Governor Inslee that address victims, as well as perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual assault. Below is a list of some of that legislation and links to the bills and bill summaries.

Preventing domestic violence and sexual assaults should be a priority for our community and state. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but it should be emphasized that sexual assaults unfortunately occur all year long and we must remain vigilant to recognize the signs, prevent the assault, and support recovery for survivors.

Rep. Peter Abbarno, State Representative in the 20th Legislative District.

Sexual Assault Legislation Becoming Law in 2021-2022

Representative Peter Abbarno (R-Centralia) is an attorney with the Centralia based law firm Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP; former president of the Lewis County Bar Association; former president of the Lewis County Bar Legal Aid; member of the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee; and appointed member of the Office of Civil Legal Aid Legislative Oversight Committee.

The past two years has seen some good legislation that supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, but also legislation that has lessened penalties, expanded release into the community of sexually violent predators, as well as lowered and eliminated court fees, costs, and victim penalty assessments for all criminals, including those that commit domestic violence and sexual assault. Our state must continue to put victims first, not criminals.

Rep. Peter Abbarno, 20th Legislative District (R-Centralia)
This summer I was proud to join the Lewis County Chapter of Washington Realtors membership picnic. A great turnout of Washington Realtors to talk business, have fun, and support the great Hope Alliance Lewis County organization.

Domestic Violence Legislation Becoming Law in 2021-2022

I am very proud to support Hope Alliance of Lewis County and encourage our community to attend the many events that will occur over the Month of April. They are an integral part to victim recovery and sexual assault prevention.

Rep. Peter Abbarno, 20th Legislative District (R-Centralia)
Please consider joining HOPE ALLIANCE at their April Sexual Assault Awareness Month events and raise money and awareness for Sexual Assault victims. For more information go to HOPE ALLIANCE or read the article in The Chronicle Newspaper.

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