TRENTON – The Judiciary Committee passed legislation Thursday that would prevent rape victims from being billed for forensic evidence collection related to their sexual assaults.
The bill, known as S972, was sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen, (R-7), Edgewater Park
“My bill closes a loophole in federal law that could result in a rape or sexual assault victim receiving a bill for their own rape kit,” Allen said in a prepared statement.
“In no other crime do victims see an invoice for services related to evidence collection by law enforcement, and sexual assault should be no different.
“This type of crime is the most traumatic event any woman could ever live through. It is cruel of anyone to send a bill for the exam needed to catch the attacker, and this legislation prevents that from ever happening in New Jersey again.”
The bill will be referred to the full state Senate for consideration.