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Members of Congress who support the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization — including those who support mandatory minimum penalties in other contexts — should recognize that new mandatory sentencing requirements for aggravated sexual assault are a step in the wrong direction. We urge House and Senate leaders to remove these mandatory sentencing provisions when crafting a final bill to send to the president.
Elizabeth L. Grayer is president of Legal Momentum, a legal defense and education fund dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls.