Law to allow permanent no-contact orders in sex convictions

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (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.Sen. Steve Stadelman and Rep. Dave Vella, both Rockford Democrats, sponsored the measure to limit victim trauma.“To ensure that victims are able to receive the support they need to recover, it is critical that we are creating a system that puts the needs of survivors first,” said Vella. “This legislation will stop forcing victims to have to face their perpetrators in court every two years, which goes against the point of a no-contact order. I applaud the Governor for signing this critical piece of legislation and making our state more supportive to survivors.”Current law requires sexual-assault survivors to face their assailants in court every two years to renew no-contact orders.Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the law Friday. It takes effect Jan. 1.

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