SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Sexually violent criminals will face justice for their crimes under a new law backed by state Rep. Mike Halpin, D-Rock Island, allowing survivors who have a warrant for a non-violent crime come forward to the police without fear of arrest.

“Sexual predators should never escape the consequences of their crimes. When we provide incentives for their victims to remain silent, we give the perpetrators a better chance of getting away,” Halpin said. “Victims deserve the right to have their voices heard, and we need to make sure that their attackers are prosecuted and punished. Governor J.B. Pritzker’s support and signature have helped us make great strides in the fight against sexual assault.”

Halpin helped pass House Bill 92, which protects sexual assault victims with arrest warrants for non-violent crimes by ensuring that they will not be taken into custody if they report the assault to law enforcement or medical professionals. Instead, law enforcement is required only to issue the victim a notice to appear in court. This exemption does not apply to victims who have a warrant for a violent crime or forcible felony. Gov. Pritzker recently signed this bill into law.

“HB 92 is a crucial step forward for victims reporting sexual assault,” said Carrie Ward, Executive Director of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. “Victims should not face the potential of being arrested as a result of reporting rape. This victim-centered legislation will help propel Illinois forward in its efforts to prosecute rapists and secure justice for rape survivors.”

Rep. Mike HalpinRep. Mike Halpin

(D-Rock Island)
72nd District

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