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CHILDREN325 ILCS 15/0.01
(325 ILCS 15/) Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Act.
(325 ILCS 15/0.01)
(from Ch. 23, par. 2080)
This Act may be cited as the
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)
325 ILCS 15/1
(325 ILCS 15/1)
(from Ch. 23, par. 2081)
The General Assembly finds that there is a need to develop
programs to provide the kinds of innovative strategies and services which
will prevent, ameliorate, reduce, and eliminate the trauma of child sexual
abuse and exploitation.
The General Assembly also finds that for the purposes of developing and
providing such programs and services, and for training and providing
information to city, county and state personnel throughout the state, and
otherwise educating the general public, about child
sexual abuse and exploitation, prevention and treatment services
and centers should be established.
(Source: P.A. 84-564.)
325 ILCS 15/2
(325 ILCS 15/2)
(from Ch. 23, par. 2082)
The Department of Children and Family Services shall develop
programs and services for the prevention of child sexual abuse and
exploitation and shall provide for the treatment and counseling of sexually
abused children and their families, where such sexual abuse or exploitation
was inflicted by the child's immediate care giver, or any person
responsible for the child's welfare, whenever possible, through community
based child abuse grants or other appropriate means.
(Source: P.A. 84-564.)
325 ILCS 15/3
(325 ILCS 15/3)
(from Ch. 23, par. 2083)
The functions and goals of the programs to be developed and
provided by the Department of Children and Family Services shall include:
(a) Provision of counseling, treatment, rehabilitation and assistance
to sexually abused and exploited children and their families, particularly
to victims of
predatory criminal sexual assault of a child,
aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault,
aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual abuse
and child pornography, and provision of training and education and
professional counseling to other persons responsible for the child's
welfare, personnel of the Department responsible for the licensure of
facilities under the Child Care Act of 1969, and persons required to file
reports and conduct investigations of such reports under the Abused and
Neglected Child Reporting Act;
(b) Hastening the process of reconstituting the family and the marriage,
where such would be in the interest of the child;
(c) Marshaling and coordinating the services of all agencies responsible
for the detection of a sexually abused and exploited child and for
serving such a child, the child's family, or others responsible for the
child's welfare, as well as for the development of other
resources necessary to ensure a comprehensive program for the
prevention of such abuse and exploitation, supportive case management;
(d) Responding to individual physical, emotional, and social needs of
clients so that supportive services are individually tailored and applied
as long as necessary;
(e) Informing the public at large and professional agencies about the
problem of child sexual abuse and exploitation, methods of detecting and
responding to such incidents, including those established under the Abused
and Neglected Child Reporting Act, the availability of State service and other
resources for responding to victims of such abuse and exploitation, and about
the existence and supportive approach of treatment center programs; and
(f) Development of informational and training materials and seminars to
assure the availability of such programs and services throughout the State,
emphasizing the need for cooperation and coordination with all appropriate
elements of the criminal justice system and law enforcement system.
(Source: P.A. 89-428, eff. 12-13-95; 89-462, eff. 5-29-96.)
325 ILCS 15/4
(325 ILCS 15/4)
(from Ch. 23, par. 2084)
The Department of Children and Family Services shall support
through a grant program a child sexual abuse crisis intervention
demonstration center in Cook County and in other parts of the State as
funding permits. The functions and goals of such crisis intervention centers shall be:
(a) To respond within 24 hours or as soon thereafter as possible to a
report of child sexual abuse or exploitation by professional contact with
the child and the child's family, and with those persons in the courts and police
department involved in the case.
(b) The agents of such crisis intervention centers shall:
(1) refer the child, and the child's family if
appropriate, to counseling services, including those provided by the treatment centers;
(2) accompany the victim through all stages of police
investigation, case development and trial where necessary;
(3) provide advice to involved police, assistant
district attorneys, and judges in the proper handling of a child subjected to sexual abuse and exploitation whenever possible. This advice will be made with consideration to the following priorities:
(i) the welfare of the child; and
(ii) improved chances for a successful
(4) make every effort to develop an approach which
meets the needs of developing a sound case by assisting the child to understand and cope with the child's role in the prosecution process.
(c) The crisis intervention demonstration centers shall develop and
implement written procedures for case planning and case monitoring in
relation to the processes of treatment and of investigation and prosecution.
(d) Crisis intervention agents should demonstrate evidence of professional
knowledge of child development and a record of positive interaction with
the police and courts.
(e) The centers shall develop training materials for city and county and
State personnel through the State to enable emulation and adaptation of
the program by other communities and to develop awareness of the problems
faced by a child sexual abuse victim as the victim confronts the criminal justice system.
(f) The centers shall report to the director improvements in the criminal
justice system and the interrelation of the criminal justice system
and child support systems that would serve to meet the goals of this Act.
(g) Reports of child sexual abuse referred for investigation to a local
law enforcement agency in Cook County by the State Central Registry of the
Department of Children and Family Services must also be referred to the
crisis intervention center. Reports of child sexual abuse made directly
to a local law enforcement agency in Cook County may be referred by that
agency to the crisis intervention center. All centers shall make local law
enforcement agencies aware of their purposes and encourage their utilization.
(Source: P.A. 103-22, eff. 8-8-23.)
325 ILCS 15/5
(325 ILCS 15/5)
(from Ch. 23, par. 2085)
All records concerning reports of child sexual abuse or exploitation
made to child sexual abuse and exploitation treatment center or to child sexual
abuse crisis intervention demonstration centers and all records generated as a
result of such reports, shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except
as specifically authorized by this Act or other applicable law. It is a Class A
misdemeanor to permit, assist, or encourage the unauthorized release of any
information contained in such reports or records.
Nothing contained in this Act prevents the sharing or
disclosure of information or records relating or pertaining to juveniles
subject to the provisions of the Serious Habitual Offender Comprehensive
Action Program when that information is used to assist in the early
identification and treatment of habitual juvenile offenders.
(Source: P.A. 87-928.)
325 ILCS 15/6
(325 ILCS 15/6)
(from Ch. 23, par. 2086)
The centers may seek, receive, and make use of any funds which
may be made available from federal, voluntary, philanthropic, or other sources
in order to augment any state funds appropriated for the purposes of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 82-712.)
325 ILCS 15/7
(325 ILCS 15/7)
(from Ch. 23, par. 2087)
The Director of the Department of Children and Family Services
shall submit annual reports to the General Assembly concerning the Department's findings
regarding the degree of achievement of the goals of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 103-22, eff. 8-8-23.)