Bill signed to streamline sexual assault testing to better serve victims
“We are very pleased that our legislators have supported, and Gov. Laura Kelly has signed, HB 2228 increasing attention to the issue of sexual assault. This bi-partisan bill, which grew out of the multi-disciplinary Kansas Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) will make a significant difference in the ability to identify suspects in rape, incest, and sexual assault cases because, going forward, the suspects’ DNA in all sexual assault forensic examinations will be analyzed. Other parts of HB 2228 create more positive responses for sexual assault victims and survivors. Our work for survivors is on-going but this is a very positive step forward.” KCSDV Executive Director Joyce Grover.
“When victims choose to report a sexual assault crime and/or decide to undergo an invasive and rigorous evidence collection process, they do so in good faith with an expectation that a thorough investigation will be conducted and that the evidence collected from their body will be used for the criminal investigation or prosecution. Behind every single one of these exams is a victim – a person – a loved one, a family member, a friend, a co-worker, and a member of a Kansas community. They matter. Thank you to all who helped Kansas take this important step forward for survivors.”
Founded in 1982 and celebrating 40 years of service this year, the purpose of KCSDV is the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence through a statewide network of programs providing support and safety for all victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking with a primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and social change efforts. Learn more at https://www.kcsdv.org/.
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Last Updated on Apr 12, 2022