ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – To ensure sexual assault survivors are being given up-to-date information on the status of their evidence collection kits, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, supported legislation that was signed into law by Gov. Pritzker that provides survivors with additional information regarding the state’s online evidence tracking system.
“After someone experiences something as traumatic as sexual assault, it is imperative that they have the information they need to understand where their collected evidence is in the process,” said Manley. “Having an easily accessible and up-to-date tracking system will ensure that survivors know that law enforcement is hard at work on their cases.”
Recently, the Illinois State Police created the CheckPoint system, an online sexual assault evidence tracking system that allows survivors to receive updates on the progress of their evidence in real-time. In order to provide additional information to survivors about this critical system, Manley voted in favor of the bipartisan House Bill 1739, which requires health care providers and law enforcement officers to notify survivors about the tracking system to ensure they are informed about the resource.
During this past session, Manley worked to provide additional support to crime victims. She helped pass legislation making civil no-contact orders permanent against defendants who were convicted of a sex crime. Manley also supported legislation allowing victims of human trafficking to take part in a confidentiality program to protect their privacy and safety.
“When it comes to survivors of horrific crimes, it is our responsibility to provide them the support and resources they deserve to help them recover,” said Manley. “I will continue to work in Springfield to ensure that the needs of survivors are being met and that their voices aren’t being ignored.”