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Daily Dashboard | State court rules consent needed to release sexual assault victims' counseling records Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, Aug. 19, 2022

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Minnesota’s Supreme Court ruled state law protects communications between sexual assault victims and counselors or other people who help them, the Star Tribune reports. Victims and advocates claimed the 1982 law prohibiting sexual assault victims’ counselors from disclosing “opinion(s) or information received from or about the victim” without consent had been inconsistently applied. The decision reversed a district court judge’s ruling that permitted a victim’s "notes, memoranda, records, reports" with a Minnesota sexual assault advocacy group to be reviewed by the court in a criminal case.
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