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Bill Signed to save Georgia rape kit evidence until cases solved
Mark Niesse, AJC, May 7, 2019
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill Tuesday that requires police to reserve DNA evidence of rapes and similar crimes for up to 50 years.

Decade later, DNA match leads to arrest of 'do-rag rapist' in dozen Cumberland sex assaults
Gilbert Baez, WRAL, May 7, 2019
Through the use of genetic genealogy and DNA evidence, Fayetteville police arrest and charge a serial rapist in 12 cold case sexual assaults.

‘We’ve finally fixed the system.’ Bill to eliminate rape-kit backlog signed into law
James Drew, The News Tribune, Apr 23, 2019
Governor Inslee signs HB 1166, a bill aimed to test all previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits in Washington, and also extends the statute of limitations for prosecuting sexual assault and sets mandatory timeline for submission.

UAA seeks sexual assault victims for new study
Lauren Maxwell, KTVA, Apr 17, 2019
Researchers from the University of Alaska-Anchorage are collaborating with the Alaska SAKI site to better understand how sexual assault victims feel about their investigation and their perceptions of justice in Alaska.

Bullock signs bill to continue work of Montana sexual assault task force
Andrea Lutz, Q2 KTVQ, Apr 16, 2019
Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill to continue the work of Montana's sexual assault task force including evidence tracking system and mandatory timeframes for SAK pick up and testing.

24 years after a teen was raped near uptown Charlotte, DNA leads to an arrest
Joe Marusak , The Charlotte Observer, Apr 12, 2019
Newly tested DNA evidence from a previously partially tested sexual assault kit led to an arrest of a suspect 24 years after a 16-year-old reported being attacked in Charlotte, NC.

AG Kaul Announces Progress in Effort to End Backlog of Sexual Assault Kits
Wisconsin Department of Justice, Apr 12, 2019
Wisconsin Attorney General announces that of the 4,160 tested sexual assault kits, 998 kits have been added to CODIS, 600 cases have been reviewed by DOJ, and in 5 cases charges have been filed.

Elizabethtown man indicted in cold case rape thanks to backlog testing
Matthew Glowicki, Louisville Courier Journal, Apr 11, 2019
DNA from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit in which the offender was known and convicted of the crime, matched DNA from a separate previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit from 2011 leading to more charges being pressed against the offender and justice for the 2011 victim.

Processing DNA from rape kits 'a game changer'
Horace Hollman, The Champion, Apr 11, 2019
DeKalb County serial rapist facing charges based on DNA evidence from previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

Processing DNA from rape kits 'a game changer'
Horace Hollman, The Champion, Apr 11, 2019
DeKalb County serial rapist facing charges based on DNA evidence from previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

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