In New Jersey, a bill that would prevent sexual assault survivors from receiving invoices for forensic examinations, as well as for medications to prevent sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy tests, and emergency contraception, awaits the signature of Republican Governor Chris Christie. The bill was passed by a majority in both the state House and Senate. It is unclear whether Christie will sign the bill into law.
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) stated, "In no other crime would it even be contemplated that victims receive an invoice for the collection of evidence needed to prosecute the offenders."
Congresswoman Annette Quijano (D-Union), who sponsored the bill,remarked, "This is simply the right thing to do. Sexual assault victims have already suffered enough. I see no reason why we should add to that suffering by essentially forcing them to pay for the investigation into their own assault. We must remember that these women are the victims, not the criminals."
Media Resources: National Partnership for Women and Families 8/16/11; Newark Star Ledger 8/14/11