SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Legislation co-sponsored by state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, establishing a statewide commission to ensure that all evidence in assault cases is tested in a timely manner was recently signed into law. The new law equips law enforcement with the necessary oversight mechanisms to establish and assess a statewide sexual assault evidence kit tracking system.
“It is extremely encouraging to see this measure become law. Supported by both sides of the aisle, my legislation defends victims of sexual assault while bringing the perpetrators of such crimes to justice,” Mussman said. “Allowing law enforcement to coordinate more closely with forensic laboratories and medical facilities on the status of collecting and analyzing sexual assault evidence will increase the level of reporting and testing in these unfathomable cases, all to help ensure that victims receive justice.”
Mussman supported the creation of the Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking and Reporting Commission through House Bill 528. This commission of elected officials, law enforcement officers, states’ attorneys and advocates will develop a plan to track reports and evidence from sexual assaults. The commission is also asked to report to the General Assembly with recommended changes to policy to reduce sexual assault and increase reporting.
“As a member of the Northwest Alliance on Domestic Violence, it’s crucial to me that every victim of sexual violence gets the justice they deserve,” said Mussman. “It must remain a priority to ensure that all survivors’ voices are heard so that no case goes unturned as a direct result of ineffective evidence reporting. The new law will help prevent new cases of assault from arising in the future.”
For more information, please contact Mussman’s constituent service office at (847) 923-9104 or by email at StateRepMussman@gmail.com.