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Illinois Legislature May Add Judicial Protections for Disabled

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Illinois lawmakers are considering adding protections for people with disabilities who are victims of crime.

The legislation is sponsored by State Senator Julie Morrison of Deerfield.  

She says it would allow people with mental impairments who have been physically or sexually assaulted to have someone like a caregiver testify on their behalf in court. Morrison says current law doesn't go far enough. 

"It fails to protect the vulnerable victim who may have a higher IQ but who also suffers from cognitive impairments or developmental disabilities," she said.  

Morrison says it's hard for victims with mental disabilities to confront their attackers in court.  

She says the suggested changes would make it easier for victims to share their experiences.