2019 Illinois Compiled Statutes
Chapter 725 - CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
725 ILCS 203/ - Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act.

(725 ILCS 203/1)
Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-801, eff. 1-1-17.)


(725 ILCS 203/5)
Sec. 5. Legislative findings. The General Assembly finds:
(1) Sexual assault and sexual abuse are personal and

violent crimes that disproportionately impact women, children, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in Illinois, yet only a small percentage of these crimes are reported, less than one in five, and even fewer result in a conviction.

(2) The trauma of sexual assault and sexual abuse

often leads to severe mental, physical, and economic consequences for the victim.

(3) The diminished ability of victims to recover from

their sexual assault or sexual abuse has been directly linked to the response of others to their trauma.

(4) 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 the investigation by law enforcement.

(5) Research has shown that a traumatic event impacts

memory consolidation and encoding. Allowing a victim to complete at least 2 full sleep cycles before an in-depth interview can improve the victim's ability to provide a history of the sexual assault or sexual abuse.

(6) Victim participation is critical to the

successful identification and prosecution of sexual predators. To facilitate victim participation, law enforcement should inform victims of the testing of physical evidence and the results of such testing.

(7) Identification and successful prosecution of

sexual predators prevents new victimization. For this reason, improving the response of the criminal justice system to victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse is critical to protecting public safety.

(Source: P.A. 99-801, eff. 1-1-17.)


(725 ILCS 203/10)
Sec. 10. Definitions. In this Act:
"Board" means the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board.
"Evidence-based, trauma-informed, victim-centered" means policies, procedures, programs, and practices that have been demonstrated to minimize retraumatization associated with the criminal justice process by recognizing the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledging the role that trauma has played in a sexual assault or sexual abuse victim's life and focusing on the needs and concerns of a victim that ensures compassionate and sensitive delivery of services in a nonjudgmental manner.
"Law enforcement agency having jurisdiction" means the law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where an alleged sexual assault or sexual abuse occurred.
"Sexual assault evidence" means evidence collected in connection with a sexual assault or sexual abuse investigation, including, but not limited to, evidence collected using the Illinois State Police Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit as defined in Section 1a of the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act.
"Sexual assault or sexual abuse" means an act of nonconsensual sexual conduct or sexual penetration, as defined in Section 12-12 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or Section 11-0.1 of the Criminal Code of 2012, including, without limitation, acts prohibited under Sections 12-13 through 12-16 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or Sections 11-1.20 through 11-1.60 of the Criminal Code of 2012.
(Source: P.A. 99-801, eff. 1-1-17.)


(725 ILCS 203/15)
Sec. 15. Sexual assault incident policies.
(a) On or before January 1, 2018, every law enforcement agency shall develop, adopt, and implement written policies regarding procedures for incidents of sexual assault or sexual abuse consistent with the guidelines developed under subsection (b) of this Section. In developing these policies, each law enforcement agency is encouraged to consult with other law enforcement agencies, sexual assault advocates, and sexual assault nurse examiners with expertise in recognizing and handling sexual assault and sexual abuse incidents. These policies must include mandatory sexual assault and sexual abuse response training as required in Section 10.21 of the Illinois Police Training Act and Sections 2605-53 and 2605-98 of the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(a-5) On or before January 1, 2021, every law enforcement agency shall revise and implement its written policies regarding procedures for incidents of sexual assault or sexual abuse consistent with the guideline revisions developed under subsection (b-5) of this Section.
(b) On or before July 1, 2017, the Office of the Attorney General, in consultation with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board and the Department of State Police, shall develop and make available to each law enforcement agency, comprehensive guidelines for creation of a law enforcement agency policy on evidence-based, trauma-informed, victim-centered sexual assault and sexual abuse response and investigation.
These guidelines shall include, but not be limited to the following:
(1) dispatcher or call taker response;
(2) responding officer duties;
(3) duties of officers investigating sexual assaults

and sexual abuse;

(4) supervisor duties;
(5) report writing;
(6) reporting methods;
(7) victim interviews;
(8) evidence collection;
(9) sexual assault medical forensic examinations;
(10) suspect interviews;
(11) suspect forensic exams;
(12) witness interviews;
(13) sexual assault response and resource teams, if

applicable;

(14) working with victim advocates;
(15) working with prosecutors;
(16) victims' rights;
(17) victim notification; and
(18) consideration for specific populations or

communities.

(b-5) On or before January 1, 2020, the Office of the Attorney General, in consultation with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board and the Department of State Police, shall revise the comprehensive guidelines developed under subsection (b) to include responding to victims who are under 13 years of age at the time the sexual assault or sexual abuse occurred.
(Source: P.A. 99-801, eff. 1-1-17; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17; 100-910, eff. 1-1-19.)


(725 ILCS 203/20)
Sec. 20. Reports by law enforcement officers.
(a) A law enforcement officer shall complete a written police report upon receiving the following, regardless of where the incident occurred:
(1) an allegation by a person that the person has

been sexually assaulted or sexually abused regardless of jurisdiction;

(2) information from hospital or medical personnel

provided under Section 3.2 of the Criminal Identification Act; or

(3) information from a witness who personally

observed what appeared to be a sexual assault or sexual abuse or attempted sexual assault or sexual abuse.

(b) The written report shall include the following, if known:
(1) the victim's name or other identifier;
(2) the victim's contact information;
(3) time, date, and location of offense;
(4) information provided by the victim;
(5) the suspect's description and name, if known;
(6) names of persons with information relevant to the

time before, during, or after the sexual assault or sexual abuse, and their contact information;

(7) names of medical professionals who provided a

medical forensic examination of the victim and any information they provided about the sexual assault or sexual abuse;

(8) whether an Illinois State Police Sexual Assault

Evidence Collection Kit was completed, the name and contact information for the hospital, and whether the victim consented to testing of the Evidence Collection Kit by law enforcement;

(9) whether a urine or blood sample was collected and

whether the victim consented to testing of a toxicology screen by law enforcement;

(10) information the victim related to medical

professionals during a medical forensic examination which the victim consented to disclosure to law enforcement; and

(11) other relevant information.
(c) If the sexual assault or sexual abuse occurred in another jurisdiction, the law enforcement officer taking the report must submit the report to the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction in person or via fax or email within 24 hours of receiving information about the sexual assault or sexual abuse.
(d) Within 24 hours of receiving a report from a law enforcement agency in another jurisdiction in accordance with subsection (c), the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction shall submit a written confirmation to the law enforcement agency that wrote the report. The written confirmation shall contain the name and identifier of the person and confirming receipt of the report and a name and contact phone number that will be given to the victim. The written confirmation shall be delivered in person or via fax or email.
(e) No law enforcement officer shall require a victim of sexual assault or sexual abuse to submit to an interview.
(f) No law enforcement agency may refuse to complete a written report as required by this Section on any ground.
(g) All law enforcement agencies shall ensure that all officers responding to or investigating a complaint of sexual assault or sexual abuse have successfully completed training under Section 10.21 of the Illinois Police Training Act and Section 2605-98 of the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 99-801, eff. 1-1-17; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)


(725 ILCS 203/22)
Sec. 22. Third-party reports. A victim of sexual assault or sexual abuse may give a person consent to provide information about the sexual assault or sexual abuse to a law enforcement officer, and the officer shall complete a written report unless:
(1) the person contacting law enforcement fails to

provide the person's name and contact information; or

(2) the person contacting law enforcement fails to

affirm that the person has the consent of the victim of the sexual assault or sexual abuse.

(Source: P.A. 99-801, eff. 1-1-17.)


(725 ILCS 203/25)
Sec. 25. Report; victim notice.
(a) At the time of first contact with the victim, law enforcement shall:
(1) Advise the victim about the following by

providing a form, the contents of which shall be prepared by the Office of the Attorney General and posted on its website, written in a language appropriate for the victim or in Braille, or communicating in appropriate sign language that includes, but is not limited to:

(A) information about seeking medical attention

and preserving evidence, including specifically, collection of evidence during a medical forensic examination at a hospital and photographs of injury and clothing;

(B) notice that the victim will not be charged

for hospital emergency and medical forensic services;

(C) information advising the victim that evidence

can be collected at the hospital up to 7 days after the sexual assault or sexual abuse but that the longer the victim waits the likelihood of obtaining evidence decreases;

(C-5) notice that the sexual assault forensic

evidence collected will not be used to prosecute the victim for any offense related to the use of alcohol, cannabis, or a controlled substance;

(D) the location of nearby hospitals that provide

emergency medical and forensic services and, if known, whether the hospitals employ any sexual assault nurse examiners;

(E) a summary of the procedures and relief

available to victims of sexual assault or sexual abuse under the Civil No Contact Order Act or the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986;

(F) the law enforcement officer's name and badge

number;

(G) at least one referral to an accessible

service agency and information advising the victim that rape crisis centers can assist with obtaining civil no contact orders and orders of protection; and

(H) if the sexual assault or sexual abuse

occurred in another jurisdiction, provide in writing the address and phone number of a specific contact at the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction.

(2) Offer to provide or arrange accessible

transportation for the victim to a hospital for emergency and forensic services, including contacting emergency medical services.

(3) Offer to provide or arrange accessible

transportation for the victim to the nearest available circuit judge or associate judge so the victim may file a petition for an emergency civil no contact order under the Civil No Contact Order Act or an order of protection under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 after the close of court business hours, if a judge is available.

(b) At the time of the initial contact with a person making a third-party report under Section 22 of this Act, a law enforcement officer shall provide the written information prescribed under paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of this Section to the person making the report and request the person provide the written information to the victim of the sexual assault or sexual abuse.
(c) If the first contact with the victim occurs at a hospital, a law enforcement officer may request the hospital provide interpretive services.
(Source: P.A. 99-801, eff. 1-1-17; 100-1087, eff. 1-1-19.)


(725 ILCS 203/30)
Sec. 30. Release and storage of sexual assault evidence.
(a) A law enforcement agency having jurisdiction that is notified by a hospital or another law enforcement agency that a victim of a sexual assault or sexual abuse has received a medical forensic examination and has completed an Illinois State Police Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit shall take custody of the sexual assault evidence as soon as practicable, but in no event more than 5 days after the completion of the medical forensic examination.
(a-5) A State's Attorney who is notified under subsection (d) of Section 6.6 of the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act that a hospital is in possession of sexual assault evidence shall, within 72 hours, contact the appropriate law enforcement agency to request that the law enforcement agency take immediate physical custody of the sexual assault evidence.
(b) The written report prepared under Section 20 of this Act shall include the date and time the sexual assault evidence was picked up from the hospital and the date and time the sexual assault evidence was sent to the laboratory in accordance with the Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Act.
(c) If the victim of a sexual assault or sexual abuse or a person authorized under Section 6.5 of the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act has consented to allow law enforcement to test the sexual assault evidence, the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction shall submit the sexual assault evidence for testing in accordance with the Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Act. No law enforcement agency having jurisdiction may refuse or fail to send sexual assault evidence for testing that the victim has released for testing.
(d) A victim shall have 10 years from the completion of an Illinois State Police Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit, or 10 years from the age of 18 years, whichever is longer, to sign a written consent to release the sexual assault evidence to law enforcement for testing. If the victim or a person authorized under Section 6.5 of the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act does not sign the written consent at the completion of the medical forensic examination, the victim or person authorized by Section 6.5 of the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act may sign the written release at the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction, or in the presence of a sexual assault advocate who may deliver the written release to the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction. The victim may also provide verbal consent to the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction and shall verify the verbal consent via email or fax. Upon receipt of written or verbal consent, the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction shall submit the sexual assault evidence for testing in accordance with the Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Act. No law enforcement agency having jurisdiction may refuse or fail to send the sexual assault evidence for testing that the victim has released for testing.
(e) The law enforcement agency having jurisdiction who speaks to a victim who does not sign a written consent to release the sexual assault evidence prior to discharge from the hospital shall provide a written notice to the victim that contains the following information:
(1) where the sexual assault evidence will be stored

for 10 years;

(2) notice that the victim may sign a written release

to test the sexual assault evidence at any time during the 10-year period by contacting the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction or working with a sexual assault advocate;

(3) the name, phone number, and email address of the

law enforcement agency having jurisdiction; and

(4) the name and phone number of a local rape crisis

center.

Each law enforcement agency shall develop a protocol for providing this information to victims as part of the written policies required in subsection (a) of Section 15 of this Act.
(f) A law enforcement agency must develop a protocol for responding to victims who want to sign a written consent to release the sexual assault evidence and to ensure that victims who want to be notified or have a designee notified prior to the end of the 10-year period are provided notice.
(g) Nothing in this Section shall be construed as limiting the storage period to 10 years. A law enforcement agency having jurisdiction may adopt a storage policy that provides for a period of time exceeding 10 years. If a longer period of time is adopted, the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction shall notify the victim or designee in writing of the longer storage period.
(Source: P.A. 99-801, eff. 1-1-17; 100-1087, eff. 1-1-19.)


(725 ILCS 203/35)
Sec. 35. Release of information.
(a) Upon the request of the victim who has consented to the release of sexual assault evidence for testing, the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction shall provide the following information in writing:
(1) the date the sexual assault evidence was sent to

a Department of State Police forensic laboratory or designated laboratory;

(2) test results provided to the law enforcement

agency by a Department of State Police forensic laboratory or designated laboratory, including, but not limited to:

(A) whether a DNA profile was obtained from the

testing of the sexual assault evidence from the victim's case;

(B) whether the DNA profile developed from the

sexual assault evidence has been searched against the DNA Index System or any state or federal DNA database;

(C) whether an association was made to an

individual whose DNA profile is consistent with the sexual assault evidence DNA profile, provided that disclosure would not impede or compromise an ongoing investigation; and

(D) whether any drugs were detected in a urine or

blood sample analyzed for drug facilitated sexual assault and information about any drugs detected.

(b) The information listed in paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of this Section shall be provided to the victim within 7 days of the transfer of the evidence to the laboratory. The information listed in paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of this Section shall be provided to the victim within 7 days of the receipt of the information by the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction.
(c) At the time the sexual assault evidence is released for testing, the victim shall be provided written information by the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction or the hospital providing emergency services and forensic services to the victim informing him or her of the right to request information under subsection (a) of this Section. A victim may designate another person or agency to receive this information.
(d) The victim or the victim's designee shall keep the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction informed of the name, address, telephone number, and email address of the person to whom the information should be provided, and any changes of the name, address, telephone number, and email address, if an email address is available.
(Source: P.A. 99-801, eff. 1-1-17.)


(725 ILCS 203/105)
Sec. 105. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 99-801, eff. 1-1-17; text omitted.)


(725 ILCS 203/107)
Sec. 107. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 99-801, eff. 1-1-17; text omitted.)


(725 ILCS 203/110)
Sec. 110. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 99-801, eff. 1-1-17; text omitted.)


(725 ILCS 203/115)
Sec. 115. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 99-801, eff. 1-1-17; text omitted.)


(725 ILCS 203/120)
Sec. 120. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 99-801, eff. 1-1-17; text omitted.)


(725 ILCS 203/125)
Sec. 125. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 99-801, eff. 1-1-17; text omitted.)


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