"These are not some high falutin', unreachable standards. These are things that are constitutional, based on best practices that have been determined in the field and in the courts," Smith said. "As a state you can move over to the sidelines, but people in custody don't get to move over to the sidelines. Providing them safety from sexual abuse is the minimum we can do."
"They're really difficult cases because, by their very nature, nobody else is there," said Brenda Smith, a professor at American University's Washington College of Law in Washington who has studied sexual violence.