Attorney General Schimel announces milestone for sexual assault kit testing

Wisconsin’s Attorney General Brad Schimel announced an achievement for Wisconsin’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (WiSAKI).

Testing has been completed on all 4,154 sexual assault kits that had been slated for DNA tests. Some tests dated back to the 1980s.

Schimel says, “When I took office in 2015, I worked with our team to identify and collect more than 6,000 sexual assault evidence kits that had never been submitted to the crime labs for testing…in less than three years, we will have tested the kits that built up over several decades, and justice can be served to sexual assault survivors.”

The private labs that worked with Wisconsin’s Department of Justice finished the testing of the remaining 4,154 kits that are a part of the WiSAKI program on August 31st.

The DOJ can now move on to the next stage of the WiSAKI program. DNA results are going under technical review, law enforcement agencies are being notified of hits, and some results are being uploaded to the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

Survivors are also being notified and their cases are able to be re-opened for investigation and prosecution.

The WiSAKI program is also working to expand resources for survivors as well as sexual assault response training for law enforcement, prosecutors, sexual assault nurse examiners.

A sexual assault kit tracking system is also being developed and implemented by the WiSAKI team. The kits will be tracked from the moment they’re manufactured through their use with law enforcement, hospitals, and crime labs. The tracking system will allow sexual assault survivors to see where their kit is in the system.