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"Safe Way Home" Act signed into law

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law Monday, which would help out victims of sexual assault.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the "Safe Way Home Act" (S.3966A/A5775) into law Monday. 

The legislation provides survivors of sexual assault no-cost transportation from medical facilities where they received initial care in the wake of an assault to their home or a shelter.

"Sexual assault is a heinous crime that can have devastating impacts on survivors, especially in the immediate aftermath of the abuse they suffered," Governor Cuomo said. "This measure will provide some peace of mind and security at a time when victims are most vulnerable by helping ensure they get home or to a shelter safely."

This legislation will go into effect after 90 days.

For more information, eligibility guidelines and to locate a victim assistance program, visit www.ovs.ny.gov or call 1-800-247-8035.