MADISON, WI (WRN) – New state law must ensure that evidence in sexual assault cases is handled promptly. At Monday’s bill signing, Attorney General Josh Kaul said the backlog of sexual assault kits had led to the bill being bipartisan.
“One of the things that has happened since the backlog was discovered is that there has been a lot of analysis done by some of the people in this room, to determine exactly what has led to the backlog,” Kaul said. . “And how can we prevent that from happening again.”
Governor Evers and noted the bipartisan efforts that went into it.
“It happened. Do we want it to happen more often? Right. Do we want it to happen in a way where people don’t smear each other? Evers said. “But the fact of the matter is that we’ve achieved a lot in many areas.”
State law now requires medical professionals to notify law enforcement of a sexual assault within 24 hours if the victim wishes to do so. Police must receive sexual assault kits within 72 hours of being notified. If the victim does not wish to report an assault, the kits must be sent to the State Crime Laboratory for storage. The second new law creates a database of sexual assault kits.
https://whbl.com/2021/12/06/evers-signs-bipartisan-bill-on-sexual-assault-evidence-collection/ Evers signs bipartisan bill on collecting evidence of sexual assault