Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Montana Lawmakers Hear Testimony On 'Revenge Porn' Bill

Jan 28, 2019
Montana Capitol.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

HELENA -- Montana would be the 42nd state to criminalize nonconsensual pornography if a new bill introduced in the Montana Legislature becomes law.

Rep. Marilyn Ryan, D-Missoula, is sponsoring House Bill 192, which would make the distribution of sexual images of people without their consent a felony.

Dr. Phil Kinsey, director of the Montana State Crime Lab, explains rape kit testing protocols to the task force.
Mara Silvers

The Sexual Assault Evidence Task Force set up by the attorney general last November met for the third time in Missoula last Friday. Dr. Phil Kinsey gave fellow task force members an idea of how labor-intensive and time-consuming it is to test so-called rape kits during a tour of the state crime lab.

Robin Turner is a task force member who is a victim advocate for the Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
Michael Albans

Across Montana, 1,400 survivors of sexual assault haven’t had their rape kits processed. Since November, a special task force set up by Attorney General Tim Fox has been grappling with what to do with these kits.

Montana Capitol in Helena.
William Marcus

Prosecutors and victims advocates today agreed that Montana needs to change its legal definition of rape. They spoke at a task force meeting on sexual assault called by the Montana Attorney General’s office at Carroll College.

Montana's Attorney General Tim Fox. file photo.
Courtesy Montana DOJ

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox says there’s too much we don’t know about sexual assault evidence kits that are never submitted to the state crime lab.