"What makes these acts even more despicable is that many predators have gleefully acknowledged that the vast majority of their victims have no way to fight back," Ms. Speier said in a statement. "Celebrities and other high profile victims might be able take on these predators in civil courts, but the average person can't afford that option. Even more disturbing is the number of victims who have mustered the courage and strength to pursue criminal charges, only to learn there is no law that protects them. My bill will fix that appalling legal failure."
"Perhaps we have been transported back to 1692 in the Salem witch trials, where fanatics persecuted and murdered innocent people who had committed no offenses," she said. "Unfortunately, this time those being burned at the stakes are our scientists who hold future medical breakthroughs in their hands."