SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To ensure that survivors of sexual assault receive necessary medical attention as soon as possible, state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, recently supported legislation to expand access to sexual assault care.
“When a survivor of sexual assault seeks medical attention, time is critical,” said Stuart. “This legislation will expand medical treatment available to survivors, allowing them to receive treatment at a pediatric hospital if it is medically necessary or more convenient.”
Stuart supported House Bill 3038, an initiative by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul to expand access to medical care for survivors of sexual assault. The measure will allow adult survivors to be treated at any hospital, even if it is typically only for pediatric patients, and was recently signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
“This measure will ensure that survivors seeking medical attention after an assault receive the care they need as soon as possible,” continued Stuart. “Expanding medical care for survivors of sexual assault is commonsense, and I thank the governor for signing this legislation into law.”