Wisconsin AG Josh Kaul discusses new legislation to prevent backlog of untested sexual assault kits

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul was in Green Bay Wednesday discussing a new bill that aims to prevent a future backlog of untested sexual assault kits.

Kaul says the new bill creates procedures for transmission, processing, and storage of sexual assault kits in Wisconsin. The new bill says:

 “A health care professional who collects a sexual assault kit must do one of the following: 1) if the victim wants to report the sexual assault to law enforcement, the health care professional must notify a law enforcement agency within 24 hours of collecting the kit; or 2) if the victim does not want to report the sexual assault to law enforcement, the health care professional must send the kit to the state crime laboratories within 72 hours for storage.”

The aim of the bill, which Kaul says has broad bi-partisan support, is to prevent a future backlog of untested sexual assault kits.

“The reason this is so important is because survivors of sexual assault, who have the courage to come forward and have evidence collected, they should have justice pursued in their cases,” Kaul said. “And they shouldn’t have unnecessary delays because there’s a delay in having sexual assault kits submitted.”

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