Senate Bill Aims to Make Obtaining Sexual Assault Evidence Easier

Richmond, VA - The Virginia General Assembly will be considering a bill next session that aims to make collecting evidence in sexual assault cases, easier.

Senate Bill 205, introduced by Senator George Barker (D)-Fairfax, would allow for the collection of forensic evidence in cases of suspected sexual assault, where the alleged victim may not be able to give consent.

Currently in Virginia, consent from the victim is required before the tests are run; but the window to collect the evidence is small.

This law would allow hospital personnel to make the examinations without fear of civil or criminal charges.