Sacramento, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Statement from Marybel Batjer, Chair of the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, following closed session review of Victim Compensation Program cases:
“In December, the Board eliminated California Code of Regulations Rule 649.56, Involvement in the Qualifying Crime of Prostitution, to allow victims of sexual assault who were engaged in an act of prostitution at the time of the attack to potentially be eligible for state assistance.
“The Board then asked staff to review previous applications for reconsideration under the new rule.
“As a result, the Board today reconsidered and approved 14 cases that were earlier denied because of the victim's involvement in prostitution.
“While the applications discussed in today's closed session are, and will remain, confidential, I can note that the victims in these 14 cases were victims of rape. Those 14 are now approved. Staff continues to review applications and will bring more cases forward at future board meetings.”