CommitteeHearing5.19.15.3SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) advanced legislation to improve responses to sexual assault and abuse cases in Illinois.

“Our number one goal is to end cases of sexual abuse and assault,” Bennett said. “However, if a case occurs, clear and concise guidelines give victims a comprehensive path to justice.”

Senate Bill 3096 is the result of the work done by the Joint Sexual Assault Working Group. The goal is to improve responses to sexual assault and abuse cases with victim-centered policies and practices that have been demonstrated to minimize traumatization and encourage victim participation in the criminal justice process.

Every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted. Each year, there are approximately 293,000 victims of sexual assault.

Senate Bill 3096 does two things.

First, it outlines the information that must be included in a police officer’s report, as well as what information needs to be made available to victims.

Secondly, the initiative outlines procedures for collection of sexual assault kits from hospitals to ensure victims’ rights are protected.

Senate Bill 3096 passed the Senate’s Committee on Criminal Law with bipartisan support and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

 

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