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Lie Detector Tests for Rape Accusers Are Banned 1996

Lie Detector Tests for Rape Accusers Are Banned 1996

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Subjecting rape accusers to a lie detector/polygraph test is made illegal in 1996. Keep in mind that accusers and defendants in other crime cases are still routinely subjected to lie detector tests today so why not rape accusers?
Subjecting rape accusers to a lie detector/polygraph test is made illegal in 1996. Keep in mind that accusers and defendants in other crime cases are still routinely subjected to lie detector tests today so why not rape accusers?

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Lie-Detector Tests Are Banned on Victims Alleging Rape
By RAYMOND HERNANDEZPublished: March 06, 1996
Gov. George E. Pataki signed legislation today that prohibits law enforcement officials fromsubjecting people who file rape complaints to polygraph tests.The measure won approval in both the Senate and the Assembly last month after years of lobbying by victims' rights advocates, who argued that polygraph, or lie-detector, tests subjectrape victims to unwarranted shock and humiliation.In signing the bill, the Governor said the previous law did not adequately protect victims because it merely barred the authorities from requiring a polygraph test before they wouldinvestigate allegations of rape."Survivors of sexual assault should not be victimized a second time with frequent and grossly insensitive requests to take a polygraph test," Governor Pataki said during a signing ceremony inhis Manhattan office at the World Trade Center. "This bill takes a long overdue step forward inprotecting the rights of sexual assault victims."Experts say that law enforcement officials rarely use polygraph tests in rape cases, partly  because they usually have enough physical evidence to substantiate a victim's claim of rape.
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But victims' rights advocates have long argued that the potential of being subjected to apolygraph test discourages victims from reporting that they were raped."Passage of the new polygraph law is one important step toward creating a new climate of respectful treatment for victims of sexual violence," said Maud Easter, the executive director of the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault. "Polygraph tests have symbolized theclimate in which victims do not come forward because they do not expect to be believed."Mr. Pataki said polygraph tests were particularly unreliable in rape cases because of theemotional turmoil victims experience."As empirical studies show," he said, "the emotional responses manifested by victims of sexualassault as they relive harrowing attacks during polygraph tests commonly result in falseconclusions that they are lying."
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