Letter to the Editor: Clients can still confide in QUANADA, even after files are submitted in Bliefnick case


According to Illinois statute 735 ILCS 5/8-802.1(d), staff of the QUANADA Sexual Assault Program are prohibited from disclosing any confidential communication about our clients either by releasing records pertaining to them or by testifying as a witness in any civil or criminal proceedings without the victim’s consent. 

In a case where the client is deceased, the executor of the client’s estate may give consent to the release of information.

In the case of People v. Timothy BliefnickQUANADA followed the directions of the estate of Rebecca Bliefnick and released the subpoenaed file to Judge Robert K. Adrian.

Clients of the QUANADA Sexual Assault Program can continue to confide in our staff, knowing there is little risk of having those communications disclosed publicly unless clients consent to such disclosure.

A factsheet on the statute can be found here

Full text of the statute here.

Megan Duesterhaus
Chief Executive Officer

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