Thanks to investments we made, our state has virtually eliminated the backlog for testing sexual assault kits. This week, I testified in favor of my bill that will give victims of sexual assault up-to-date information on their kits as they go through the legal process.
Under the bill, the Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System will be a data bank for health care professionals, law enforcement, state crime laboratory personnel, and prosecutors to update information on the location and status of a sexual assault kit. The bill also enables victims to track or receive updates on the location and status of their kit. The bill provides $800,000 in funding to create the initial infrastructure for the data bank.
It’s time for Wisconsin to ensure that victims of sexual assault have access to information about their sexual assault kits. I’ve worked with members of both houses and both parties to ensure that Wisconsin statutes protect victims and prevent another backlog of cases. This bill will empower victims to track their sexual assault kit as it moves through the criminal justice process.