this isn't a states rights issue. this is a human rights issue. the states have had literal centuries to come up with laws that protect sexual assault victims and only some of them have done so. it's 2017 and women still feel that the justice system fails them when they are assaulted because it does. the federal government needs to step in and set a standard for the entire country. if this isn't a job for the federal government then where exactly is the line drawn? the role of the feds is to come in and help when the issue at hand is too big for any individual state. that's what we pay them for. is this not one of those issues or is the fact that 3 out of 4 women will be sexually assaulted in their life not enough for some people? the fallacy of the people who say that this is not in congress' jurisdiction, is that historically the federal government has had to come in and say that things need to change. for instance, Miranda rights. prior to Miranda rights anyone who was arrested was unprotected and could be misled to self-incriminate by corrupt cops or judges. nowadays those arrested have rights to not become the victim to an unjust legal system thanks to action by the supreme court (aka federal government). the same logic would apply to victims of sexual assault. they would then have rights given by a federal/national standard to help protect them from becoming lost to the system. to those who think that this isn't in the federal government's jurisdiction, you are putting the rights of "the state" above the rights of anyone who might be sexually abused now or in the future. the only time your argument is valid is when the feds want to impose an oppressive law. in this case you are literally refusing help based on principle.