Bills protecting the elderly and rape victims signed into law

Senator Amanda Shelton (file photo)

Bill 13-35 and 157-35, which protect the elderly and rape victims, have been signed into law.

Both bills were introduced by Sen. Amanda Shelton.

Bill 13-35, now Public Law 35-50, protects the manåmko’ and individuals with disabilities from financial exploitation, which is on the rise on Guam.

“Care for the manåmko’ is ingrained in our culture and everyone deserves a life of dignity and respect. If you or someone you know may be the victim of elder financial exploitation you can call Adult Protective Services at 735-7382. There is support available for caretakers as well,” Shelton said.

Bill 157-35, now Public Law 35-51, empowers survivors of sexual assault by closing loopholes in the sex offender registry.

“I especially want to thank the survivors of sexual assault who were brave enough to bring this loophole to my attention so we could fix it together. Studies show registration of sex offenders reduces rapes. The survivors who had the courage to turn their trauma into advocacy for a better community are real heroes,” Shelton said.