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Attorney general announces online tracking for Wisconsin sex assault evidence kits

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announces a statewide system to track kits that contain...
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announces a statewide system to track kits that contain evidence following a sexual assault has gone live.(WMTV-TV/Curt Lenz)
Published: May. 25, 2022 at 10:49 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A statewide system to track kits that contain evidence following a sexual assault has gone live. Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced the online tracking system Wednesday.

It will allow sexual assault survivors to track the location of their kit through the testing process.

Improving the processing speed, and tracking, of sexual assault kits has been a priority for Kaul and many lawmakers in recent years as the state worked to eliminate a backlog in testing and prevent a new one.

Kaul says the tracking system will “empower survivors to learn about the status of their kit at any time.”

Survivor advocates have been pushing for years to improve the entire sexual assault kit system, leading to the passage of bills in Wisconsin last year designed to prevent future backlogs and creating the tracking requirement. Kaul, using grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, initiated the tracking system prior to the law being passed, which he said resulted in it going live sooner.

The tracking system includes a timeline of a kit’s history, from the medical facility to the law enforcement agency to the crime laboratory, with the length of time spent at each location documented, the state Department of Justice said.

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