Gov. JB Pritzker signs 2 new bills, protecting sexual assault survivors

Gov. JB Pritzker signs 2 new bills, protecting sexual assault survivors

CHICAGO (TOC) — Gov. JB Pritzker signed two new payments into regulation, defending sexual assault survivors Thursday.

One in every of them beforehand stored victims from stepping ahead.

The invoice the governor signed Thursday closes a loophole that made it more durable to prosecute rapists by shifting the blame to victims of sexual assault.

A brave younger sufferer noticed her efforts to raised shield others victims develop into a actuality.

Kaylyn Ahn, 18, calls herself a survivor. She was raped final summer season by a boy she had been courting.

“I blamed myself each single day. I assumed it was my fault. I assumed I didn’t need to name it rape,” Ahn stated.

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Ahn stated she acquired voluntarily intoxicated, and her boyfriend took benefit of her situation and her lack of ability to consent.

When she reported the sexual assault to police three months later, she was shocked by the response.

“I acquired a name from the police sergeant who informed me that they’d not examine my case as a result of it didn’t qualify as rape underneath Illinois regulation,” Ahn stated.

Whereas the regulation was clear that if a sufferer is slipped a date rape drug making her unable to consent the perpetrator might be held accountable, it was too obscure in different circumstances like Ahn’s.

She was interning for state Rep. Mark Walker on the time and informed him what occurred.

“For us to be in a scenario the place by some means if the sufferer was intoxicated, by their very own hand, it is by some means not a rechargeable offense when they’re criminally assaulted and raped is ludicrous,” stated Walker, D-Arlington Heights.

So, on Thursday, Pritzker signed a invoice to remove that loophole, with Ahn by his aspect.

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“We can’t have a justice system that re-traumatizes the individuals who must put it to use. But that is been the fact for much too lengthy,” Pritzker stated.

Advocates have stated lower than 10% of sexual assaults are reported to police.

They hope the brand new regulation may encourage extra victims to come back ahead, figuring out prosecutors now have extra to work with.

“(It) explicitly creates one other instrument within the toolbox that claims OK, that is not going to be a purpose why we’ve got to throw this case out. That purpose’s off the desk,” stated Carrie Ward, CEO of the Illinois Coalition In opposition to Sexual Assault.

The opposite invoice the governor signed Thursday doubles the period of time victims of sexual assault can obtain well being care from 90 to 180 days, and it additionally permits them to take action with out utilizing their medical insurance in case the abuser is the coverage holder.

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