2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
June 26, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Sargent, Kolste, Berceau,
Anderson, Spreitzer, Fields, C. Taylor, Considine, Ohnstad, Vruwink and
Subeck, cosponsored by Senators Carpenter, Johnson and L. Taylor.
Referred to Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.
1An Act to renumber
950.03 and 950.04 (1v) (dL); to amend
50.375 (2) (b) 2
(intro.), 175.405 (title), 175.405 (2) and 968.205 (3) (intro.); and
50.375 (2) (b) 4., 50.378 (1m), 950.02 (3t), 950.03 (2) and 950.043 of the statutes; 4relating to: creating a sexual assault victim bill of rights.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill creates a sexual assault victim bill of rights. In addition to the rights
extended to crime victims under Wisconsin's basic bill of rights for victims and
witnesses, this bill adds the following rights for victims of sexual assault, regardless
of whether or not they choose to cooperate with a law enforcement agency: the right
to be provided with accurate written information about his or her rights as a sexual
assault victim; the right to be advised about and provided with emergency
contraception and testing for sexually transmitted diseases; the right to choose
whether or not to undergo a sexual assault nurse examination; the right to choose
whether or not to cooperate with a law enforcement agency; the right for any
examination evidence to be transported to a state crime lab within 30 days; the right
to have any examination evidence stored for 15 years or until the end of the prison
term of the person convicted of the assault against him or her; and the right to not
be investigated or prosecuted for a misdemeanor or controlled substances violation
based on any evidence obtained in a sexual assault nurse examination.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
50.375 (2) (b) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) (intro.) Orally inform Inform
the victim orally and in writing
all of the following:
50.375 (2) (b) 4. of the statutes is created to read:
(b) 4. All of her rights under ch. 950.
50.378 (1m) of the statutes is created to read:
50.378 (1m) Notification of victim rights.
A hospital that provides emergency 8
services to a victim shall inform the victim of all of his or her rights under ch. 950 9
orally and in writing.
175.405 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
(title) Sexual assault
; evidence where no suspect has been
175.405 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
Whenever a Wisconsin law enforcement agency collects, in a case 15
of alleged or suspected sexual assault, evidence upon which deoxyribonucleic acid 16
analysis can be performed, and the person who committed the alleged or suspected
17sexual assault has not been identified,
the agency shall follow the procedures 18
specified in s. 165.77 (8) and shall, in a timely manner within 30 days
, submit the 19
evidence it collects to a crime laboratory, as identified in s. 165.75
, for storage or
20testing or both
950.02 (3t) of the statutes is created to read:
“Sexual assault victim” means a person against whom a crime has 2
been committed under s. 940.22, 940.225 (1) to (3m), 948.02 (1) or (2), 948.025, 3
948.05, 948.051, 948.055, 948.06, 948.07 (1) to (4), 948.08, 948.085, 948.095, 948.10, 4
948.11 (2) (a) or (am), or 948.12, or s. 940.302 (2) if s. 940.302 (2) (a) 1. b. applies.
950.03 of the statutes is renumbered 950.03 (1).
950.03 (2) of the statutes is created to read:
Notwithstanding sub. (1), a sexual assault victim has the rights and 8
is eligible for the services under this chapter regardless of whether the crime has 9
been reported to law enforcement authorities. A victim of sexual assault is under no 10
obligation to seek medical attention, to have a sexual assault nurse examination 11
administered, or to report the sexual assault to law enforcement authorities.
950.04 (1v) (dL) of the statutes is renumbered 950.043 (10).
950.043 of the statutes is created to read:
14950.043 Bill of rights for victims of sexual assault.
In addition to the 15
rights of victims under ss. 950.04 and 950.045, sexual assault victims have all of the 16
To receive a sexual assault nurse examination at no charge.
To receive oral and written information about his or her rights as a sexual 19
assault victim at the time he or she seeks medical care following a sexual assault, as 20
provided under ss. 50.375 (2) and 50.378 (1m).
To receive emergency contraception under s. 50.375.
To receive or decline to receive a medical forensic examination performed 23
by a department-certified sexual assault nurse.
To report or decline to report the sexual assault to a law enforcement agency.
To have any evidence collected in a medical forensic examination 2
transported to the state crime laboratories for storage or testing or both within 30 3
days of the examination, as provided under s. 175.405.
If the victim chooses not to cooperate with a law enforcement agency, as 5
defined in s. 949.20 (1), to have all evidence collected in a medical forensic 6
examination stored for a period of 15 years, during which time the sexual assault 7
victim may choose to report the assault to a law enforcement agency.
If the victim chooses to cooperate with a law enforcement agency, as defined 9
in s. 949.20 (1), and no conviction results from the medical forensic examination, 10
state crime laboratory testing, and subsequent law enforcement agency 11
investigation, to have all evidence collected in the medical forensic examination 12
stored for a period of 15 years.
If the victim chooses to cooperate with a law enforcement agency, as defined 14
in s. 949.20 (1), and a conviction results from the medical forensic examination, state 15
crime laboratory testing, and subsequent law enforcement agency investigation, to 16
have all evidence collected in the medical forensic examination stored until the end 17
of the term of imprisonment or probation of the person who was convicted of the 18
To not have any evidence acquired from a sexual assault nurse 20
examination, including the results of a toxicology report, used to prosecute the victim 21
for any misdemeanor crimes or any crime defined under ch. 961.
To not have any evidence acquired from a sexual assault nurse 23
examination, including the results of a toxicology report, used as a basis to search 24
for further evidence of any unrelated misdemeanor crimes or any violation of ch. 961.
968.205 (3) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(intro.) Subject Except in sexual assault cases, subject
to sub. (5), 2
a law enforcement agency may destroy evidence that includes biological material 3
before the expiration of the time period specified in sub. (2) if all of the following 4