Some of the key provisions in the 2012 bill include:
Strengthening federal penalties for repeat sex offenders and creating a federal “rape shield law,” which is intended to prevent offenders from using survivors’ past sexual conduct against them during a rape trial;
Mandating that survivors, no matter their income levels, are not forced to bear the expense of their own rape exams or for service of a protection order;
Funding support for: community violence prevention programs, legal aid for survivors of violence, people who are evicted from their homes due to domestic violence, support programs specifically for immigrant communities, rape crisis centers and hotlines, programs and services for survivors with disabilities.
Keeping survivors safe by requiring that a victim’s protection order will be recognized and enforced in all state, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions within the United States;
Providing additional tools for protecting women in Native American tribal jurisdictions, by enabling tribal courts to prosecute non-native folks who live on tribal lands (note: all legal protections afforded defendants in State courts, including due process, would still be mandated in tribal courts).