Moylan-Sponsored Legislation to Create Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking System Passes House
04/26/2019SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to protect young women and men who are survivors of sexual assault, state Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, co-sponsored legislation to create a Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking System to better monitor sexual assault evidence kits.
“We need to have infrastructure in place to protect survivors of sexual assault,” said Moylan. “That includes up-to-date technology, constant electronic availability and communications between law enforcement and healthcare professionals so we can help these survivors every day in real time.”
House Bill 1440 requires the Illinois State Police to create a Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking System to be used by law enforcement and healthcare facilities based on the recommendations from the Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking and Reporting Commission. The Moylan-sponsored legislation requires the tracking system to be electronic, have 24/7 help desk availability, be secure and provide access to necessary parties via username and password to protect privacy. The system must also allow for real time entry and information updates.
All treatment hospitals, pediatric healthcare facilities and out-of-state hospitals approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health to receive transfers of Illinois sexual assault survivors must participate in the system and abide by guidelines established by the Illinois State Police. This legislation also provides that information, evidence and records in the system are exempt from the disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, again to protect the privacy of the survivors.
“It is our job to create a system that aims to protect survivors of sexual assault and to do everything we can to accommodate their needs,” said Moylan. “I believe this is a very good first step in what we need to do at a state-wide level.”