Bill reimburses entities that partner with sexual assault crisis centers
The Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services Committee this week approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Sue Allor to expand reimbursements to health care providers that work with sexual assault crisis centers for sexual assault exams.
“Ensuring that survivors of sexual assault have access to an immediate medical forensic examinations following an attack is vital not only to their mental and physical well-being – but also to allow for swift justice against the rapist,” said Allor of Wolverine. “In order to ensure these services continue to be carried out, the state must provide additional financial relief to health care providers and entities that partner with sexual assault crisis centers.”
The cost of providing services to victims of sexual assaults has increased and many health care providers have become financially constrained because of the costs. To ensure these services are continued, Allor said the state should provide additional funding.
A sexual assault occurs every 98 seconds in the United States. Sexual assault affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime and 3 percent of men are victims of attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
House Bill 4506 now advances to the full Senate for consideration.