SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTWO/WAWA) — Sexual assault survivors in Illinois now have a way to keep track of their cases.
It’s called CheckPoint. The online system allows survivors to track the progress of their sexual assault kit in real time.
Illinois State Police Sgt. Delila Garcia said CheckPoint tells survivors what step of the process their evidence has been through.
Progress is recorded from the time evidence is collected through the court process.
CheckPoint also allows survivors to check dates and see contact information for the law enforcement agency involved in the case.
Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault said this tool can improve communication with the survivors.
“Every step along that way is hard and is dramatic,” Carrie Ward, Executive Director of ICASA, said. “So, I think our role as advocates is how can any step be approved upon.”
So far, 86% of Illinois healthcare facilities that provide sexual assaultkits have signed an agreement with the Illinois State Police to use CheckPoint with every kit.
The tracking system can be found on the ISP’s website.