ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a sexual assault survivors' bill of rights. The new law helps survivors of sexual assault request and receive information to help them navigate through the current criminal justice system.
"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."
"We must continue to fight to change the culture and create a safe environment for women to come forward and be believed," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We want to make sure sexual assault survivors are aware of the care and treatment available to help in the recovery process. In New York, we are taking important steps to ensure the security of victims and a safe environment for all women. This bill of rights for sexual assault survivors builds on our efforts to combat sexual assault and strengthen equal opportunities for all New Yorkers."
The sexual assault survivors' bill of rights makes sure victims can:
- Consult with a rape crisis or victim assistance organization
- Find appropriate health care services at no cost
- Receive updates on their sexual offense evidence kit and the status of their case