December 21, 2018 01:45 PM
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Friday to establish a sexual assault survivors' bill of rights.
The new law requires the Department of Health, the Division of Criminal Justice Services, the Office of Victim Services, and other stakeholders to create a sexual assault survivors bills of rights outlining survivors rights.
"As the federal government shamefully ignores the voices of sexual assault survivors, New York is doing everything in our power to empower survivors and ensure they are treated with dignity and respect," Governor Cuomo said. "This legislation will support our work to combat the scourge of sexual harassment and assault, help deliver justice to survivors and make New York a safer state for all."
The bill of rights is expected to notify victims of their legal rights and information they need heading into the medical and criminal justice system.
The legislation will include the right to consult with a rape crisis or victim assistance organization, appropriate health care services at no cost and receive updates on their sexual offense evidence kit and the status of their case.
The bill requires all law enforcement agencies to adopt the policy and creates a victim's right to notice, which enables a survivor to request information on their sexual offense evidence kit from the police agency.
Created: December 21, 2018 01:45 PM
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