State Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, and Sen. Holly Rehder, R-Scott City, the two Senate members appointed to serve on a task force aimed at addressing sexual assault in Missouri, encourage survivors and others impacted by sexual assault to share their experiences by participating in an online survey. The Missouri Rights of Victims of Sexual Assault Task Force will accept public comments through Sept. 30 at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MORightsTaskForce. Each of the four individual listening sessions will deal with a specific topic related to the experiences of sexual assault victims. The hearings will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates:
- 25, funding;
- 14, standard practices;
- 22, survivor privacy; and
- 28, evidence collection.
The hearings will be conducted through WebEx. For more information on how to listen, or for a complete listing of task force members, visit dps.mo.gov/dir/programs/cvsu/task-force.php. The task force is required to submit a report on its findings to the Governor and General Assembly by Dec. 31, 2021. The 13-member task force created as part Senate Bill 569, passed by the Legislature in 2020, will make recommendations regarding the handling and response to sexual assault and identify ways the state could improve services for victims. In addition to the survey, the task force will conduct four online public hearings to gather testimony from experts from a variety of fields.