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.READ MORE: From Hotels To Retailers, Staffing Shortage Crisis Persists In Chicago -- And It's Affecting Customers
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.READ MORE: Labor Shortage Blamed For Lack Of Headstone On Woman's Grave 8 Months After Her Death
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People who’ve been through a sexual assault will live with that trauma for the rest of their lives. I believe Illinois can help ease their burdens by ensuring they do not have to relive their trauma by returning to court year after year.
— State Senator Steve Stadelman (@SenStadelman) July 30, 2021MORE NEWS: City Leaders Hope New Campaign Will Boost Vaccination Rate, But Health Professionals Say It Will Take Time