Remote Testimony Would Prevent More Trauma to Victims
Springfield, IL – State Representative Adam Niemerg (R-Dieterich) announced today that his legislation to protect children of abuse from further trauma by allowing them to testify remotely. House Bill 2607 will permit children victims under the age of 13 years old to avoid appearing in open court by providing testimony by closed circuit television.
“Our highest priority should be to protect our children, and especially children who have already been victimized,” commented Rep. Adam Niemerg. “I appreciate my bill passing unanimously showing that we can all agree that kids should not have to be placed in the same room as their abusers when they give their testimony. I look forward to the Governor signing it into law soon.”
Niemerg points out that they currently make allowances for kids to testify remotely in certain circumstances, but it’s a very difficult process that re-traumatizes the victims. This legislation would make this practice the norm. He adds that the safety and mental well-being of children is paramount.
House Bill 2607 was also supported by the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA).