Truth-o-meter: Does AG’s claim of no ‘backlog’ of untested rape kits check out?

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Wisconsin AG Schimel has repeatedly contested that untested rape kits comprise a “backlog,” arguing the term unfairly casts his agency in a negative light. “I disagree with the term backlog because the Wisconsin crime lab is up to date with all current, pending investigations,” Schimel said in April. Politifact Wisconsin fact-checks his claims. > Politifact Wisconsin

Of 6,000 backlogged sexual assault kits, 63 tested so far

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Out of 6,000 rape evidence kits inventoried statewide, 3,800 have been designated for testing; the rest won’t be tested because the victim didn’t consent, the offender was found innocent or the offender has been convicted. Of the 3,800 queued up for testing, just 63 have been completed to date.  >  AP / US News & World Report

Rep. Sargent’s sexual ‘stealthing’ bill makes national news

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Introduced by state Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison), Wisconsin’s proposed ‘stealthing’ bill is among the first of its kind nationally, addressing the practice of someone removing a condom during sex without their partner’s permission, making it an act with no valid consent and therefore a sexual crime.  >  NBC News

Rep. Sargent’s bill attempts to curb “stealthing” sexual assaults

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A form of sexual assault that had previously gone unrecognized has been making national headlines in the last few weeks, and now, a Wisconsin state representative is taking action to combat it. State Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) introduced a bill this week to curb non-consensual condom removal, better known as “stealthing.”  >  Daily Cardinal

State’s 10 counties with the most untested rape kits to get targeted grants

Within the $920,000 of sexual assault community grants that AG Brad Schimel announced Wednesday are allocations to the 10 Wisconsin counties with the highest number of untested rape kits: Brown, Dane, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Racine, Rock, Sauk and Winnebago.  >  Fond du Lac Reporter

AG Schimel awards $920,000 for sexual assault survivor support

Attorney General Brad Schimel announced, as part of the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), that the Wisconsin Department of Justice will award $920,000 for sexual assault victim support services. The money will be awarded through a competitive grant process to sexual assault service providers in each of the ten Wisconsin counties with the highest number of unsubmitted sexual assault kits.   >  WI Dept. of Justice