For more than twenty years, sexual assault kits (SAKs) have accumulated in Wisconsin and across the nation. As Wisconsin’s Attorney General, I have made testing these kits a top priority. Wisconsin is one of several states addressing this problem on a statewide level and we have been nationally recognized as a leader based on our approach to this issue. As a career prosecutor, I understand the importance of seeking justice for survivors of sexual assault and I am committed to doing so. At the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), we are seeking solutions for a problem that has been decades in the making.
Eliminating the accumulation of sexual assault kits in our state is a vital step toward improving Wisconsin’s criminal justice response to sexual violence. I have assembled a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, law enforcement officers, victim advocates, forensic nurse examiners, prosecutors, and survivors to work on this initiative. Our work will not end when these kits have been tested. Law enforcement officers and prosecutors will be tasked with investigating cases and prosecuting offenders identified, in part, through the testing of these kits.
The objectives of the Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (WiSAKI) are to support survivors of sexual assault, protect the community, and hold offenders accountable using a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach. Here at DOJ, we are implementing new protocols and are dedicated to working toward the goal of ensuring unsubmitted sexual assault kits never accumulate again. We invite you to explore this website and return regularly to learn more about our work and progress.