The Illinois House Human Services Committee approved legislation to improve access to emergency room treatment for pediatric sexual assault victims.

House Bill 5245 will ensure that sexual assault victims are able to receive timely care from health care professionals who specialize in providing treatment for this population of victims.

The legislation was sponsored by State Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria)

According to Rep. Unes, access to pediatric sexual assault nurse examiners and physicians is extremely limited, particularly in downstate rural areas. The Bill seeks to address that.

Rep Unes added, “Since day one, my goal has been to ensure that this most vulnerable population of victims that has been through unthinkable trauma, may obtain the care they need from the most qualified medical professionals. This bill provides a voice to the voiceless, and confidence to their loved ones.”

The Bill was unanimously approved and now heads to the House of Representatives.