Ohio senators Nina Turner from Cleveland, and Charleta Tavares from Columbus, on Monday introduced legislation which would restrict the parental rights of rapists and permit a survivor of rape or sexual battery to file a claim to terminate the attacker’s parental rights—including custody, parenting time, and consents to adoption over a minor child conceived as a result of a sexual offense.
Ohio is one of 31 states in the country that does not provide protection for rape survivors from being sued by their attacker for parental rights, their press release stated, Sen. Turner adding “This legislation addresses an extreme oversight and severe injustice in our legal system. State law should be on the side of the survivor instead of inflicting additional trauma on them and their children. Current law would cause a continuation of the nightmare that these survivors already face.”
Text of Proposed Bill