An Illinois lawmaker has introduced a plan to hold law enforcement employees accountable if sexual misconduct occurs with a person in their custody.
The penalty would cause them to forfeit their position with their agency. Currently, a person in custody is legally unable to give consent.
Sexual assault advocates say this could give victims a way to come forward.
“When you pass a statute like this, it gives people the permission or support to say, ‘that happened to me,'” said Polly Poskin, Executive Director of Illinois’ Coalition Against Sexual Assault. “It’s not very easy to come forward and report sexual assault, regardless of where that happens.”
The proposal has passed through the judiciary committee and is now headed to the House floor for a vote.