WINDY CITY TIMES
||Rauner signs bills addressing assault victims' follow-up
by Matt Simonette
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Gov. Bruce Rauner, on Aug. 12, signed legislation addressing procedures that assist victims of sexual assault.
Senate Bill 3096, according to a press statement, provides sexual assault victims with stricter protections during the evidence collection process and ensures transfer of evidence from the hospital to law enforcement agencies in a timely manner. The legislation, introduced by state Sen. Scott M. Bennett ( D-Champaign ) is expected to address the rape kit backlog that has befallen the state in recent years.
"As a state, we must do everything within our power to ensure victims are supported and that their aggressors are quickly brought to justice," said Rauner. "We stand with the victims of these malicious crimes. This bill strengthens the policy behind evidence collection and gives the state tools to speed up the testing process to ensure victims have the ability to hold their aggressors accountable and get the justice they deserve."
Rauner also signed House Bill 4036, which extends the coverage of the Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act to victims of domestic or sexual violence to smaller companies across the state. Under that rule, those individuals would be entitled to time off from work, the length of which is determined by the size of the company.
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