Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Rob worked for five years as an assistant Commonwealth’s attorney, prosecuting more than 100 cases of domestic abuse.  As a delegate, Rob has fought for the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including his recent efforts to improve safety for students at Virginia colleges.  He has written laws to:

  • Expand Virginia’s stalking law to empower victims (HB 752 — 2016)
  • Require every college campus to report felony sexual assaults to the police or to a Commonwealth’s attorney and to provide services to victims (HB 1930 – 2015)
  • Add violent misdemeanors to the Virginia DNA database (HB 1928 – 2015)
  • Make it illegal to maliciously distribute or send a nude or sexual photograph – “revenge porn” (HB 326 – 2014)
  • Impose a mandatory life sentence for those who rape children (HB 973 – 2012)
  • Expand Virginia’s protective orders law (HB 2063 – 2011)
  • Close loopholes that let child molesters avoid justice (HB 1333– 2006)
  • Increase penalties for those who secretly videotape children (HB 663– 2004)
  • Increase penalties for those who sexually abuse the mentally infirm or physically helpless (HB 660 – 2004)

Rob has been repeatedly recognized by for his work:

  • Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault – 2002 “Vanguard Special Commendation”
  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance – 2009 “Act, Honor, Hope” Award
  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance – 2011 “Leadership in Legislation” Award
  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance – 2011 “30 Voices for 30 Years” Honoree