TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Fred H. Madden and John A. Girgenti creating the “Sex Crime Victim Treatment Fund,” to help fund victim counseling was signed into law today by Governor Richard J. Codey.
“The traumatic psychological damage caused by a sexual assault can haunt victims for years,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester. “This measure helps cover the cost of treatment for victims and supports them through their repair cycle.”
The Senators’ measure, S-781, imposes monetary penalties on sex offenders to be used to fund treatment and counseling services for victims of assault and their families. Offenders convicted of sexual assault are subject to fines of up to $1,000. Any monies collected will be used to fund the “Sex Crime Victim Treatment Fund.” The Department of Law and Public Safety’s Division of Justice will be responsible for dispersing the money to survivors.
“A sexual assailant violates victims physically, mentally and emotionally,” said Senator Girgenti, D-Bergen and Passaic. “The treatment for survivors is necessary but costly, and these fines will help cover the cost of counseling for victims and their families.”
This measure unanimously passed the Senate on June 24.