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Wayne County receiving $1.5 million from government to test rape kits

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Posted at 3:10 PM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 15:35:00-04

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office is expected to receive $1.5 million from the Department of Justice for rape kit testing.

The DOJ announced that nearly $37 million will be awarded to state, local and tribal government agencies to improve the response to sexual assault and victim services.

“There is no greater injustice to a victim of sexual assault than a failure on the part of the system to exhaust its investigative possibilities,” said Alan Hanson, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs.

“These awards will supply badly needed resources and manpower to our nation’s law enforcement agencies and prosecutors helping investigators and analysts do the urgent work of closing out cases and bringing answers to survivors.”

Administered through the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, managed by the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance, 21 grant awards totaling more than $35 million were awarded to improve the processing of sexual assault kits and strengthen jurisdictions’ capacity to act on evidence resulting from kit processing.

The grants also support the investigation and prosecution of resulting cases and support the victims of sexual assault.