Towards Thriving Cover

May 1, 2019

It was busy (and long!) legislative session this year. Below are summaries of several bills that we think would be of interest to programs.

  • House Bill 98, Marriage Age: Currently, Idaho law provides no minimum age limit for marriage and provides a loophole to the crime of statutory rape. The Idaho Coalition worked with Representative Melissa Wintrow to introduce a bill that would create a minimum age limit of 16 on the issuance of marriage licenses and proposed to bring the law into alignment with Idaho’s rape statutes. This bill failed on the House floor. The Idaho Coalition continues to work to set a minimum marriage age in the state.
  • House Bill 116, Sexual Assault Evidence Kits: This will go into effect July 1, 2019 and will require submission of all sexual assault evidence kits to the Idaho State Crime Lab for testing unless the kit is collected anonymously or the applicable law enforcement agency finds that the allegation was unfounded (meaning there is actual evidence that no crime occurred). This removes a number of exceptions that allowed for kits to not be tested. The Idaho Coalition will work with programs to share and distribute information regarding survivor rights and how to request anonymous kits if they want a forensic exam, but do not want the kit tested.
  • House Bill 138, Forcible Entry, Unlawful Detainer: This was amended version of a bill that failed last session. The Idaho Coalition and other stakeholders negotiated between sessions in an attempt to remove harmful damage and eviction provisions. While the Idaho Apartment Association added language that provided protections for survivors of gender violence, it refused to remove language allowing for the expedited eviction of tenants based on any lease violation (currently only allowed for non-payment of rent and certain drug-related provisions), including provisions like not owning a vacuum, taking the trash out on a certain schedule, getting management permission before any babysitting is allowed on the premises, not annoying other tenants, etc. The degree of potential harm this could cause for tenants across the state, particularly those from marginalized communities, outweighed any potential benefits the bill would have created. After several days of testimony, the bill failed in committee. We expect this bill to return next year.
  • House Bill 197, Divorce, Child Custody: This bill proposed to change the child custody statute to create a rebuttable presumption of shared and equal parenting time. Currently judges award custody based solely on the best interests of the child. This bill removed the focus from the person who is most impacted by the decision – the child – and placed focus on parents instead. Additionally, the proposed language potentially could have created a tool for an abusive parent to draw out litigation. The Idaho Coalition opposed this bill and it failed in committee.
  • House Bill 266, Mandatory Reporting for Health Care Providers: The need for this legislation was identified by nurses who are members of the Idaho Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. Currently, medical providers must make reports to law enforcement whenever they believe that an injury is the result of a criminal offense. The report must include a name and address of the injured person and information about the injuries. This bill, which will go into effect on July 1, created a reporting exception for injuries treated as a part of an anonymous sexual assault kit collection.
  • Senate Bill 1117, Harassment, Protection Order: We have had several questions from programs about the impact of this bill which was passed and will be enacted on July 1. This bill modifies the current stalking and harassment protection order statute to remove certain language from the telephone harassment section. However, all behaviors that constitute a threat or are part of a course of conduct that equates to stalking are still covered by the statute. For these reasons, we expect no negative impact on the survivors you are working with.
  • Senate Joint Resolutions 101 and 102, Rights of Crime Victims (Marsy’s Law): Marsy’s law failed for a third session in a row. The Idaho Coalition remained opposed to Marsy’s law as it was not responsive to the identified needs of victims of crime in Idaho and did not include any real enforcement mechanism for people whose crime victim’s rights, as they currently exist, have been violated. The section version of the law introduced this year (SJR 102) was particularly concerning because it removed the right to “reasonable protection from the accused and those acting on behalf of the accused throughout the criminal justice process” at the behest of a fringe gun rights group. This modification was another indication that this proposal is not really about what is best for Idaho victims.

There were many other bills introduced this session that the Idaho Coalition watched and if you have any questions about a particular bill, please contact Annie or Jen.

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Annie Pelletier Hightower

Three Things to reach out to me for:

  • Legal Questions
  • Legislative Updates
  • Sexual Assault/Title IX

Muffett McGraw | The Norm Instead of the Exception

Muffett McGraw, the University of Notre Dame’s long-time head basketball coach, recently made national headlines with her comments about members of her coaching staff. When asked by a reporter if she would ever hire a male assistant coach again, her response was “No.” Her reasons are crucial for the development of future female coaches and leaders.

“I’m getting tired of the novelty of … the first female governor of this state. The first female African-American mayor of this city,” she said. “When is it going to become the norm instead of the exception? How are these young women looking up and seeing someone that looks like them, preparing them for the future? We don’t have enough female role models. We don’t have enough visible women leaders. We don’t have enough women in power.”

Coach McGraw goes on to question why there are only 59% of women occupying coaching positions in women’s college basketball staffs. In comparison, there is one woman on all of the 351 NCAA Men’s basketball staffs. One. And she is an assistant.

Representation matters, especially when we tell young women and girls they can be anything they want. Yes, they can. Yet, if they can’t see it, can they be it?

In athletics and beyond, we must choose to hire staff members for positions that best reflect the groups in which they are working. For example, as a cis-gendered man, I will not be a head coach to any teams our daughters choose to join. It’s not that I lack the skills or abilities to coach girls/young women. Instead, I choose to advocate for the hiring of female coaches and provide mentorship (when asked for!) to women who are interested in sharing their time and skills teaching the next generation of female leaders. My role is operating behind the scenes to ensure visible leaders reflect the community they are engaging with. Sharing power.

Athletics are a vehicle for developing positive life skills that translate into healthy individuals who will positively influence their communities and organizations. We believe our daughters will benefit from hearing the voices of other women, who are teaching and leading in transformational ways. The more examples of strong, healthy women they interact with, the more possibilities that will be open to both Jaylen and Jensen. If they can see it, they can be it!

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Jeff Matsushita

Three Things to reach out to me for:

  • Engaging Men Workshops
  • Athletic Culture and Violence Prevention Strategies
  • Criminal Justice Engagement and Reform

Clinical Skills Training Provided in Idaho Falls

The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center in Idaho Falls has become one of 12 facilities approved by the International Association of Forensic Nurses to provide 2-day Clinical Skills Training.

Upcoming training is scheduled to take place in May 2019 and October 2019.

The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center in Idaho Falls has partnered with the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) to bring this opportunity to their area. This live training activity is a provider-directed, provider-paced activity designed to prepare the didactically trained SAFE/SANE for the clinical aspects of the adult and adolescent sexual assault medical-forensic examination, regardless of the providers training.

The training is intended to promote the provider’s professional performance in the role as an adult/adolescent sexual assault forensic examiner (SAFE) or sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE).

Offered both May 10th – 11th and October 4th – 5th
$400 per attendee
Learn more here

The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center in Idaho Falls has partnered with the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) to bring a comprehensive 2-day clinical skills lab to their area. The training is designed for RN’s and APRNs who have completed 40 hours didactic Adult SANE course. This course will be led by a Nurse Practitioner with five years of SANE experience. Gynecological Training Assistants enhance the program by giving real time feedback.

May 10th – 11th | Idaho Falls
$400 per attendee
Learn more here

Training & Events

Idaho Premiere of Moananuiākea and Conversation with Director Nāʻālehu Anthony and Local Writer Malia Collins Thursday, May 2nd 7:00 PM | The Egyptian Theatre | Boise, ID

Join us for the Idaho premiere and one-time film showing of Moananuiākea: One Ocean, One People, One Canoe.

Moananuiākea illustrates the crucial role of indigenous voices and perspectives in both storytelling and in creating paradigm-changing solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

Learn more and buy tickets.

Idaho Safety & Resilience Conference
June 6th and 7th | The Riverside Hotel | 2900 W Chinden Blvd Boise, ID

Idaho Safety & Resilience Conference is a two (2) day multi-disciplinary conference for professionals working in the area of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, investigations, interviewing, assessment, and neglect.

Registration information

Intermountain Fair Housing Council | Statewide Training Events

Fair Housing Training | Moscow, ID
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:30am-4:30pm
Moscow, Idaho
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Fair Housing Training | Lewiston, ID
Thursday, September 19, 2019 8:30am-4:30pm
Lewiston, Idaho
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Fair Housing Training | Coeur d’ Alene, ID
Fall Date To Be Determined
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
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Community Members, Housing Providers, Advocates, Government Personnel, and Attorneys encouraged to attend.

Idaho Coalition Store Materials

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