ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s hard to imagine there’s a lawmaker out there who doesn’t know Racheal Gonzales or hasn’t heard what she has to say.
Because what she says is important and because she is just that persistent.
Gonzales, you may recall, is the woman behind the eponymous Racheal’s Law, which allows no-contact orders to be granted for any length of time, including permanently, as part of a rapist’s sentencing or after the offender’s release from prison. It also keeps survivors from having to face their abusers again by permitting them to be represented by attorneys rather than be present themselves at hearings on the orders.
Gonzales, raped at knifepoint as a child, sent thousands of emails, made hundreds of calls, shook hands, rubbed elbows and stayed in the faces of state senators and representatives and anybody else she could enlist to get her bill passed.