Child Sex Abuse

  • Sen. Michael E. HastingsTINLEY PARK- A major barrier to prosecute rape and sexual assault cases against children is the short period of time survivors have to confront their attackers.

    State Senator Michael E. Hastings’ legislation, Senate Bill 189 that gives survivors of sexual abuse the ability to confront their attackers, was signed into law today.

    “At times, survivors of abuse need time to discover the courage to address these horrific and awful crimes.” Hastings said. “This new law will put in place the best practices for dealing with sexual assault cases statewide and puts a system in place that will encourage survivors to come forward and receive justice when they are ready to do so.”

  • Sen. Bertino-TarrantSPRINGFIELD— Legislation that would end deadlines for when someone could be prosecuted for sexual abuse against a minor was approved by the Illinois Senate yesterday.

    State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) voted for the measure and is its chief co-sponsor.

    “Passing this measure in the Senate was a positive step for victims’ rights and justice,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “If someone has been sexually abused, they deserve the time they need to report the crime and confront their abuser. We must do everything we can to protect victims and hold abusers accountable.”

  • Senator Scott Bennett, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Scott CrossSPRINGFIELD — Victims of sexual abuse and assault as minors will no longer have to worry about their abuser walking free due to the statute of limitations under a plan being pushed in the Illinois State Senate.

    State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign), who introduced Senate Bill 189, said it would remove the statute of limitations for sex crimes committed against minors.

    “Victims of sexual assault and abuse deserve a pledge that justice does not have an expiration date,” Bennett said. “With this legislation, we can deliver a message of hope to victims everywhere by guaranteeing their abusers won’t get away because time ran out.”

    In previous hearings Bennett held on this legislation, the Attorney General was joined by one of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s victims, Scott Cross, who called for a review of the existing laws.

    The crimes included in the legislation are criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual abuse.

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