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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – The sponsors of a New Hampshire bill that would require victims of sexual assault to corroborate their testimony are backing away from the proposal after backlash from victims’ rights advocates and police.

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Republican Reps. Jess Edwards and William Marsh say they will understand if members of the criminal justice committee recommend killing the bill. The two sponsors outlined their position in a letter Monday to committee members.

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Edwards says the two have talked to more than 40 people with “deep concerns about the message this bill will send.” The bill would make New Hampshire a rare state where a victim must be able to corroborate his or her testimony if the defendant doesn’t have a prior conviction.

The full House will vote on the bill regardless of the committee’s recommendation.

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