In FY2015, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) received two grants totaling $4 million, which the department has used to pay for unsubmitted SAK testing, create a multidisciplinary team to inventory and track SAKs, provide training and technical assistance, and enhance services and notifications to sexual assault victims. The Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (WiSAKI) takes a comprehensive, statewide approach to addressing over 6,000 unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) identified through their inventory.
In FY2016, SAKI awarded the Wisconsin DOJ additional funding to provide resources to local sexual assault service providers and increase storage capacity at the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory (WSCL).
In FY2017, the Wisconsin DOJ received $2 million in additional funding, which went toward continuing the WiSAKI program and testing all unsubmitted SAKs. The Wisconsin DOJ also invested the money in providing law enforcement officers, sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs), and victim advocates with victim-centered, trauma-informed training and began the planning process for implementing a SAK tracking system.
In FY2018, the Wisconsin DOJ received $1,033,829 in additional funding to support an Assistant Attorney General. This role provides ongoing training and technical assistance to local prosecutors, addresses issues related to collection of lawfully owed DNA, expands research resources, and supports the entry of all criteria cases into the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program.
In FY2019, the Wisconsin DOJ received $1,839,118 in additional funding. The Wisconsin DOJ is using part of this funding to ensure adequate resources to assist local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in pursuing investigative leads and prosecutions linked to testing previously unsubmitted SAKs. Additionally, this money will go toward supporting collaboration between sexual assault service providers and local law enforcement to notify survivors of testing results or new developments related to their case, as well as developing and implementing a SAK tracking system.
Find more information and resources from WiSAKI.
Funded in FY2015, the Wisconsin DOJ has used SAKI funding to achieve the following goals and milestones:
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2015||$2,000,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2016||$1,108,914||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2017||$2,000,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2018||$1,033,829||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2019||$1,839,118||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
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To learn more about Wisconsin DOJ's progress, read the following news and events. Explore the materials and resources available for survivors in Wisconsin at byyoursidewi.org.
WI DOJ Launches Program To Address Backlog Of Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits
Laurel White, Wisconsin Public Radio, Jan 30, 2017
A new initiative by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and a sexual assault prevention group aims to decrease the backlog of sexual assault evidence kits in the state. The initiative, called “By Your Side,” reaches out to survivors of sexual assault who have had kits collected and provides connections tosupport services. Read the full story or visit www.byyoursidewi.org to learn more.
Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases. Through this program, funding is provided to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.