This act incorporates additional protections concerning confidentiality for child victims of sexual assault by amending RCW 10.97.130 and RCW 42.56.240.
RCW 42.56.240 is reenacted and amended to include that information revealing the specific details that describe an alleged or proven child victim of sexual assault under age 18, or the identity or contact information of an alleged or proven child victim of sexual assault who is under age 18. This protected information includes:
§ The child victim’s name;
§ Addresses, location; and
§ Phone numbers, email addresses, social media profiles, and usernames/passwords.
The same changes are made in RCW 10.97.130, in addition to establishing that the mentioned identity and contact information are confidential and not subject to release to the press or public without the permission of the child victim and the child’s legal guardian.
Senate Committee Amendments (Updated on 4.12.19):
Clarified that the bill does not apply to court documents or other materials admitted in open judicial proceedings.