Illinois Senate passes legislation to improve care for sexual assault patients

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The Illinois Senate passed legislation Friday to ensure that rape and sexual assault victims in emergency rooms are seen by someone trained to treat them.  The legislation, which passed the Illinois House in a similar form in April, was approved 49-0 by the Senate. It would require that, by 2022, hospitals in the state that treat sexual assault victims have a specially trained provider present within 90 minutes of a patient’s arrival in an emergency room.