Improving Response to Sexual Assault Crimes in Illinois
In 2016, The Attorney General's Office led an effort with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault to pass The Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act. The Act addresses troubling statistics that show only a fraction of sexual assault victims report crimes to law enforcement authorities. The law was passed to encourage more sexual assault victims to come forward and increase the successful prosecution of sexual assault crimes throughout the state.
The trauma of sexual assault and sexual abuse often leads to severe mental, physical, and economic consequences for the victim. A victim’s ability to recover from the trauma of sexual assault or sexual abuse has been directly linked to the response of others to their trauma, particularly the response of law enforcement authorities to a victim who comes forward to report the crime. The response of law enforcement can directly impact a victim's ability to heal as well as his or her willingness to actively participate in an investigation by law enforcement.
Improving the response of the criminal justice system to victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse is critical for the successful identification and prosecution of sexual predators and to prevent offenders from reentering our communities to commit new crimes.
The Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act contains new requirements for law enforcement authorities and hospitals to improve their response to victims. Information on the new requirements, including specialized training and protocols for handling forensic evidence, is outlined below. For more information, please contact the Attorney General’s Office at (312) 814-1003.
Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse
Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act Bulletin for Law Enforcement
Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Response Policy
Every law enforcement agency shall develop, adopt, and implement written policies regarding procedures for incidents of sexual assault or sexual abuse by January 1, 2018, consistent with guidelines developed by the Office of the Attorney General, in consultation with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board and the Illinois State Police.
To request these documents in Microsoft Word format, please email Cordelia Coppleson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mandatory Notice for Survivors of Sexual Assault (P.A. 99-0801 – Form A)
Mandatory Notice of Victim’s Right to Information Regarding Sexual Assault Evidence
Storage and Future Testing of Sexual Assault Evidence (P.A. 99-0801 – Form C)
Confirmation of Transfer of Sexual Assault Report to Law Enforcement Agency Having Jurisdiction
To request these documents in Microsoft Word format, please email Cordelia Coppleson at Cordelia.Coppleson@ilag.gov.
All law enforcement officers must receive evidence-based, trauma-informed, victim-centered training on responding to sexual assault and sexual abuse cases by January 1, 2020. All law enforcement officers must receive in-service training on sexual assault and sexual abuse response and report writing every 3 years.
All law enforcement officers who conduct sexual assault and sexual abuse investigations must receive specialized evidence-based, trauma-informed, victim-centered training on sexual assault and sexual abuse investigations by January 1, 2019. These law enforcement officers must also receive in-service training on sexual assault and sexual abuse investigations every three years.
Information on trainings and training materials will be posted on this page as they become available.
Handling of Sexual Assault Evidence by Hospitals
Public Act 099-0801 amends the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act, 410 ILCS 70/, to change how hospitals handle Illinois State Police Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits and other sexual assault evidence.