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Rep. Frankel Meets with Courtney Wild, Activist for Survivors of Sexual Assault

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Washington, February 4, 2020 | comments

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Lois Frankel (FL-21) met with Courtney Wild, a sexual assault survivor who has courageously led the charge in fighting for the rights of those who fell prey to Jeffrey Epstein and were kept in the dark as federal prosecutors hashed out a secret, shockingly lenient plea deal. Wild fought in court for over 10 years before a Federal District Court finally declared that her rights, and the rights of other victims of the serial sexual predator, were violated under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA).

“Jeffrey Epstein’s victims were kept in the dark as a sweetheart deal was hashed out, allowing a prolific sexual predator to go free with just a slap on the wrist,” said Rep. Frankel. “Courtney is bravely fighting for a more victim-centered process so that such a miscarriage of justice never happens again.”

Representatives Lois Frankel (D-FL), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Scott Perry (R‑PA), and Mo Brooks (R‑AL) introduced the Courtney Wild Crime Victim’s Rights Reform Act of 2019 in October 2019. This legislation would update and improve the CVRA by clarifying the scope of victims’ rights and creating stronger judicial and administrative processes for victims to assert their rights.

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