sexual assault victims http://wkyufm.org en Bill Would Prevent Gag Orders Against Juvenile Sexual Assault Victims in Kentucky http://wkyufm.org/post/bill-would-prevent-gag-orders-against-juvenile-sexual-assault-victims-kentucky <p>In the wake of the high-profile Savannah Dietrich court case, a bill in the Kentucky House would prevent judges from issuing gag orders against sexual assault victims undergoing trial in juvenile court.</p><p>If approved, House Bill 115 would allow juvenile crime victims to speak freely about their cases, said state Rep. Keith Bratcher, a Louisville Republican.</p><p>Dietrich's name was not spoken at any point during the bill's hearing. But Bratcher said he filed the bill after her case drew national attention—and criticism— last year. A judge threatened Dietrich with contempt after tweeting the names of two boys who'd pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her, and information about their plea deal.</p><p>The plea deal stipulated that Dietrich couldn't speak publicly about the case. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:23:16 +0000 Kentucky Public Radio's Rae Hodges 27184 at http://wkyufm.org