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Attorney General’s task force recommends reforms to improve state’s response to sexual assault
Washington State Office of the Attorney General, Dec 1, 2021
Today the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Advisory Group convened by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office released a report recommending reforms that will improve the state’s response to sexual assault.

New Details Released in Unsolved Samuel Little Murders
Texas Department of Public Safety, Dec 1, 2021
The Texas Rangers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program and the United States Department of Justice are releasing new details in more than a dozen unsolved murders committed by serial killer Samuel ?Little, AKA Samuel ?McDowell, in hopes of bringing closure to these cases.

Kalamazoo SAKI team secures another conviction, prison sentence
Will Kriss, WTVB, Nov 24, 2021
A Kalamazoo man convicted of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) will spend more than two decades in prison thanks to Kalamazoo SAKI team. “I continue to be proud of the work being done in Kalamazoo and around the state to secure justice for survivors who long thought they would never see their abuser held accountable,” AG Dana Nessel said. “We know there’s a pattern in these cases: people who commit sexual offenses will continue to offend until they are stopped and held accountable by the court system. Our SAKI teams are doing just that.”

Man found responsible for 1997 rape in Medina County
Avery Williams, Cleveland 19, Nov 24, 2021
On Nov. 18, nearly 25 years after the alleged crime, Medina County Judge Joyce Kimbler found Legg responsible for two counts of felony rape thanks to the sex assault kit testing initiative.

Trial scheduled for Jackson man charged in 2014-15 sexual assault cases
Mitchell Kukulka, MLive, Nov 23, 2021
A Jackson man charged with multiple sexual assaults is headed to trial in December thanks to investigation started by Kalamazoo SAKI project

Man IDed through old rape kits heads to trial on sexual assault charges
Nathan Clark, MLive, Nov 22, 2021
An Ypsilanti man facing several sexual assault charges after he was identified as a suspect from two previously untested rape kits is heading to trial.

Iowa releases findings in sexual assault kit tracking initiative
KCCI Des Moines, Nov 20, 2021
The Iowa SAKI project tested more than 1,600 sexual assault kits, which resulted in four criminal charges and two convictions. “We applaud this six-year effort to improve how sexual assault kits are handled,” Attorney General Tom Miller said. “Not only has the SAKI program been able to reduce the number of untested sexual assault kits, it has also created meaningful and lasting changes to the processes by which state and local practitioners respond to and investigate sexual assault cases.”

Marietta man, 55, arrested in sexual assault cold case from 1990
Caroline Silva, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Nov 19, 2021
For more than 30 years, all the leads in a Cobb County sexual assault case never led to an arrest, authorities said. But thanks to the testing of a previously untested sexual assault kit, a Marietta man has finally been put behind bars.

Milwaukee man charged with sex assault after backlogged kit tested
Fox 6 News, Nov 18, 2021
A Milwaukee man has been charged with sexual assault that occurred in 2008 after a victim’s sexual assault kit was tested as part of the Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), Attorney General Josh Kaul announced on Thursday, Nov. 18.

WCASA and Joyful Heart Foundation Applaud Passage of Sexual Assault Kit Reform Bills
Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Nov 11, 2021
Wisconsin representatives have passed SB71 and SB94—two bills that together will vastly increase transparency around sexual assault kit handling and storage. SB71 and SB94, would now mandate delivery of rape kits to the appropriate testing labs and establish a statewide rape kit tracking system, respectively.

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