Legislation supported by state Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, to expand protections for victims of sexual assault and stalking was recently signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
“Survivors of sexual assault and stalking are often targeted for future crimes by their assailants, and implementing additional protection measures for victims is critical to their safety,” said Slaughter. “This expansion will help keep perpetrators from attacking or intimidating their victims again.”
The Slaughter-backed House Bill 2818 expands address confidentiality to include victims of stalking and sexual assault. Applying for address confidentiality can help prevent future assault or stalking by keeping the victim’s address out of public record. Previously, only victims of domestic violence were eligible to apply for this protection.
“Upholding the confidentiality of survivors’ addresses is not only critical to their physical safety, but can help provide peace of mind as well,” said Slaughter. “I’m grateful to be able to work with a governor who recognizes the importance of protecting survivors by taking proactive measures to prevent offenses.”