When we face difficult challenges in our lives, we lean on a family member, a friend, an advocate… someone who is by our side. We are here to help and support sexual assault survivors to find resources and information about their sexual assault kits. We are By Your Side.
In 2012, a multidisciplinary group of knowledgeable professionals known as the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Response Team (AG SART) was created. Since then, Wisconsin and the AG SART have taken action to further support sexual assault victims and partake in a kit testing process that will ensure all sexual assault kits are prioritized.
Over the past year, the Wisconsin Department of Justice has coordinated the collection of hundreds of sexual assault kit inventories from law enforcement agencies around the state. Great care has been taken to ensure that a victim’s experience is at the forefront of every decision made throughout this process.
Moving forward, the AG SART has developed a procedure for victims of sexual assault to receive a medical forensic exam with the collection of evidence, and storing that evidence for a period of ten years, while the victim decides whether to engage the services of law enforcement in the investigation of the assault. This allows victims time to work through the trauma of their assault while ensuring the collection of evidence in a timely manner.
The Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Initiative and its partners are dedicated to providing survivors with the information, answers, and options they need, while always respecting the rights of the survivors.
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