By Christianna Silva / Arizona Sonora News Service on Feb 10, 2017
On Thursday, Senate Bill 1355 passed the Senate Committee on Judiciary, introduced by Sen. Katie Hobbs because it “tells survivors ‘Arizona has your back.'”
The bill, which was unanimously voted with no one speaking out against it at the committee hearing, allows sexual assault survivors to receive a medical examination whether they decide to involve the police or not, and makes sure the victim will not be required to pay for the examination.
If this bill passes, the survivor will have access to the kit and its preserved contents without charge for 20 years or the maximum applicable statute of limitations, unless the survivor asks to keep it preserved for longer.