SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS/AP) — Illinois law will soon allow victims of sexual crimes to renew orders prohibiting contact by their assailants without having to face them in court.

A law signed last week makes civil orders of no contact with survivors permanent in cases where the perpetrator was convicted.

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Sen. Steve Stadelman and Rep. Dave Vella, both Rockford Democrats, sponsored the measure to limit victim trauma.

Current law requires sexual-assault survivors to face their assailants in court every two years to renew no-contact orders.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the law Friday. It takes effect Jan. 1.

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