Yuko and Antonio Introduce Bill to Protect Sexual Assault Survivors
February 12, 2019
Today, state Senators Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) and Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) re-introduced legislation to protect the identities of sexual assault survivors who file police reports.
“Sexual assault survivors have a lot to weigh before they bring their experiences to law enforcement,” said Senator Yuko. “A lot of survivors are afraid they’ll be shamed, questioned or viewed with skepticism. And, with their personal information posted online, telling the police can jeopardize a survivor’s safety. We must protect these survivors.”
This legislation, which Senator Yuko introduced in the Senate during the last General Assembly, would require sexual assault survivors’ personally identifiable information to be redacted on police reports and documents related to the criminal investigation or prosecution posted online. That information includes their names, dates of birth, home or work addresses, social security numbers, ages, telephone numbers, email addresses and any other information that is likely to identify the alleged survivor.
“This bill helps to restore the faith of sexual violence survivors in our criminal justice system. I am pleased to join Leader Yuko by advancing efforts to privatize survivors' personal, sensitive information,” said Senator Antonio. “No one should have to choose between reporting a crime committed against them and preserving the privacy of their personal information.”
This bill will be referred to a committee in the next few weeks.