Two State Senators that are part of a 13-member task force aimed at addressing sexual assault in Missouri are encouraging survivors and others impacted by sexual assault to share experiences by participating in an online survey. Senators Jill Schupp and Holly Rehder part of a Missouri Rights of Victims Task Force that will accept public comments through September 30th. The a link to the survey can be found here.
The 13-member task force was created as part Senate Bill 569 will make recommendations regarding the handling and response to sexual assault and identify ways the state could improve services for victims. In addition to the survey, the task force will conduct four online public hearings to gather testimony from experts from a variety of fields.
Each of the four individual listening sessions will deal with a specific topic related to the experiences of sexual assault victims. The topics include funding, standard practices, survivor privacy, and evidence collection.
For more information on how to listen, or for a complete listing of task force members, you can also find at this link.
The task force is required to submit a report on its findings to the Governor and General Assembly by Dec. 31, 2021.