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  • NJ A2961
  • Concerns victim's right to rape care advocate under certain circumstances.
Introduced
(2/16/2016)
In Committee
(6/6/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes procedures to be followed by law enforcement officers, prosecutors, medical providers, and rape care advocates whenever there is an alleged sexual assault. Under the provisions of the bill, whenever there is an alleged sexual assault, the first responding law enforcement officer would immediately notify a local designated rape crisis center, defined as a countywide organization, under contract with the Division on Women in the Department of Children and Families, that provides counseling and advocacy services to victims of sexual offenses. The victim would have the right to have a rape care advocate present and to confer with the rape care advocate prior to and during any medical, evidentiary, or physical examination of the victim. Additionally, prior to the commencement of any medical, evidentiary, or physical examination, the first responding medical provider assigned to the case would immediately notify the local designated rape crisis center. The victim would be notified orally or in writing by the rape care advocate that the victim has the right to have present and to confer with a rape care advocate prior to and during the medical, evidentiary, or physical examination of the victim. As to law enforcement investigations, the victim would also have the right to have a rape care advocate present and to confer with the rape care advocate prior to and during any interview, statement, or contact with the victim by law enforcement authorities, prosecuting attorneys, or defense attorneys. Prior to the commencement of any law enforcement interview, statement, or contact with the victim by any prosecuting attorney pertaining to any criminal action arising out of an alleged commission of a sexual assault, the law enforcement agency or prosecuting attorney would notify the local designated rape crisis center. The victim would be notified orally or in writing by the rape care advocate that the victim has the right to have a rape care advocate present and to confer with the rape care advocate prior to and during any such interview, statement, or contact with the victim by law enforcement authorities, prosecuting attorneys, or defense attorneys.
Judiciary
Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee  (on 6/6/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
6/6/2016 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
6/6/2016 Assembly Judiciary Hearing (10:00 6/6/2016 Committee Room 12, 4th Floor)
2/16/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/6/2016 Assembly Judiciary Committee: Reported Favorably 7 0 0