Gov. Evers indicators two payments to assist Wisconsin sexual assault victims and survivors | WUWM 89.7 FM

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has signed into legislation two payments aimed toward serving to sexual assault victims and survivors.

One invoice will arrange a proper process for accumulating sexual assault proof kits and submitting them to the state crime lab for processing and retention. The Wisconsin Division of Justice must publish at the very least annual studies on legislation enforcement compliance on getting data from collected assault kits.

The opposite invoice creates a monitoring system for survivors to anonymously entry details about the standing of their sexual assault package because it strikes via the prison justice course of.

Chuck Quirmbach

Wisconsin Atty. Gen. Josh Kaul speaks at Monday’s information convention at FRIENDS, Inc., in West Bend. Kate Nickel of FRIENDS is at far proper.

The measures come after years of issues with the kits, together with backlogs on the crime lab.

Wisconsin Lawyer Basic Josh Kaul attended the bill-signing information convention Monday at a home violence shelter in West Bend. Kaul mentioned it hasn’t been strictly a difficulty on the labs.

“These kits have been saved in police businesses or hospitals and have been by no means submitted to the state crime lab for testing. There have been 6,800 kits that have been recognized. Over the course of a number of years, the Wisconsin Division of Justice, beneath each the prior Lawyer Basic [Brad Schimmel] and me, labored on testing kits recognized for testing, inside that backlog,” Kaul mentioned. “In November 2019, we introduced testing had been accomplished on these kits. We’re nonetheless within the technique of following up on circumstances the place international DNA was recognized. Some individuals have been convicted of significant crimes. However we want to ensure there’s by no means one other backlog of untested sexual assault kits once more, and the 2 payments being signed are going to assist make it possible for by no means occurs.”

Kate Nickel runs the FRIENDS, Inc., shelter and repair company the place the measures have been signed. She calls them monumental.

“We all know that it’s going to deliver ease and entry to survivors in accessing their sexual assault monitoring package. Moreover, it can put in place simplified procedures for all prison justice programs to report back to,” Nickel mentioned.

Evers repeatedly thanked Republican majorities within the state Senate and Meeting for becoming a member of Democrats to cross the payments. A minimum of one GOP lawmaker attended the bill-signing, however solely Democrats spoke.

Evers mentioned bipartisanship in Madison will not be uncommon.

“Would all of us wish to have it occur extra usually? ‘Sure!’ Would we wish to have it occur in a manner that folks aren’t denigrating one another? ‘Sure!'” Evers mentioned.

And now, each main political events can declare they’ve performed one thing extra for sexual assault victims.

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