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Maryland General Assembly passes legislation to require testing of most rape kits, add transparency
Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun, Apr 5, 2019
Maryland senate passes a test all bill for sexual assault kits that includes a measure stating that all sexual assault kits must be submitted for testing within 30 days.

City leaders, advocates shine light on sexual assault
Crystal Moyer, News 4 JAX, Apr 3, 2019
City leaders and victim advocates joined forces Wednesday morning at Jacksonville's City Hall to encourage victims of sexual assault to come forward and show their support during SAAM.

Georgia House approves longer storage of rape kits
Associated Press, WGXA, Apr 2, 2019
The Georgia Senate unanimously approved a bill that requires evidence from a sexual assault kit be preserved for 30 years after the arrest date, 7 years from the completion of the prison sentence, or 50 years if no arrest is made.

Massachusetts makes $8 million investment to collect and test rape kits as Gov. Charlie Baker signs budget bill
Melissa Hanson, MASS Live, Apr 1, 2019
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a supplemental budget to inventory and test all sexual assault kits in police custody.

Women's Center of Jacksonville plans events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Beth Reese Cravey,, Mar 28, 2019
The Woman's Center of Jacksonville, FL will hold several events for SAAM including denim day for local businesses, an art exhibit, and hosting an event to honor local individuals making a difference in women's lives.

Charlotte Gomer, Commonwealth of Virginia Office of the Attorney General, Mar 27, 2019
Virginia has completed testing on their pre-2014 previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits thanks to their DANY funding.

Accused serial rapist indicted for 5 New Orleans kidnappings, rapes
Robert Sherman, CBS 42, Mar 26, 2019
Jefferson County, Alabama is working to test the previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits in their possession.

‘Serial rapist’ accused in 1981 Charlotte sex assaults
WIS News 10, Mar 22, 2019
DNA from 2 previously partially tested sexual assault kits from 1981 led to an arrest in Charlotte, NC.

Accused serial rapist indicted for 5 New Orleans kidnappings, rapes
Nicole Mumphrey, Fox 8, Mar 21, 2019
A New Orleans serial rapist has been indicted and charged with five counts of aggravated/first-degree rape and 5 counts of kidnapping due to DNA evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits tested and investigated through their SAKI grant.

Backlog hit leads to third rape charge against man
Matthew Reisen, Albuquerque Journal, Mar 20, 2019
DNA from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit from 2015 led to the arrest of a man who has been charged in two similar rapes from previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits in the past year.

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