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AG Kaul & WCASA Promote Sexual Assault Service Providers in Rural Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Justice, Aug 19, 2020
“Particularly during this challenging time, connecting with survivors is so important. Too often, survivors of sexual abuse don’t know where they can access support. These billboards across the state let survivors know there are people out there who will be by their side,” said Pennie Meyers, Executive Director of WCASA.

Utah's rape kit testing backlog is gone; good news for victims, police and prosecutors
Mark Shenefelt , Standard Examiner, Aug 18, 2020
Utah’s backlog of rape kit testing has been eliminated.

State says 97% of backlogged rape kits have now been tested
Christine Flores, KUTV, Jul 27, 2020
SAKI project updates from Utah. Thus far, there have been 4,481 SAKs tested, and 2,594 DNA profiles to the CODIS database. Of those, 1,072 suspects have been identified — and through that process, 287 serial rapists/sex offender have been identified. This has led to 34 prosecutions in Utah.

DPS Publishes Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Interim Report
Megan Peters, Alaska Native News, Jul 24, 2020
Alaska DPS published their SAKI Interim Report for the public to view. The report details their progress thus far in their SAKI project.

Impact of Victim Advocacy Integration on Cold Case Investigations: Lessons Learned from the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force
Misty Luminais, PhD | Rachel Lovell, PhD | Margaret McGuire Joanna Klingenstein | Angela Kavadas | Laura Overman, Case Western University, Jul 23, 2020
New research brief from Cuyahoga County, OH SAKI site .

Woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually exploiting teenage girl
KATU Staff, KATU 2, Jul 23, 2020
Woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually exploiting teenage girl based on case review by Multnomah County SAKI Working Group.

Virginia eliminates backlog of 2,665 untested rape kits
Tom Jackman, The Washington Post, Jul 8, 2020
Virginia has eliminated a backlog of 2,665 untested rape kit tests . Approximately, 851 of those rape kits resulted in DNA profiles that were entered into CODIS, the national combined DNA index system, and 354 of those profiles resulted in “hits."

Florida convict pleads guilty to 1980s rapes in Tennessee, Jul 3, 2020
Man pleads guilty to two rapes from 1980s after DNA from previously unsubmitted SAKs was matched to him.

Minocqua Man Sentenced for Child Sexual Assault After Testing of Backlogged Sexual Assault Kits
Wisconsin Department of Justice, EIN Press Wire, Jul 2, 2020
Testing of previously unsubmitted SAK led to conviction and sentencing (25 years) of man in Wisconsin.

Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault of a Child After Backlogged Kit Tested
Wisconsin Department of Justice, Jun 9, 2020
Man sentenced to 25 years in prison as part of the Wisconsin SAKI project.

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