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Fayetteville man charged in 2011 sexual assault case
Melody Brown-Peyton, The Fayetteville Observer, Nov 18, 2020
DNA from previoulsy unsubmitted SAK leads to arrest in sexual assault from 2011.

Fayetteville police use DNA to make arrest in 28-year-old rape case
Gilbert Baez, WRAL, Nov 16, 2020
Lawfully owed DNA leads to arrest in rape case from 1992 in Fayetteville, NC

DPS Receives Grant to Acquire Sex Assault Kit Tracking Software
Alaska DPS Press Release, Nov 14, 2020
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) was awarded the SAFE-ITR this month from BJA to begin the process of implementing a program to track SAK testing. The grant provides $998,791 to the state over the next three years and will go toward the cost of software as well as two positions to manage the tracking program.

Texas DPS: DNA collection law helped solve hundreds of crimes in its first year
Billy Gates, KXAN, Nov 13, 2020
The Krystal Jean Baker Act, which allows the collection of DNA samples from those charged with any of 24 different felonies and compares them with existing crime scene DNA samples in a nationwide database, has helped Texas DPS solve more than 250 open investigations in its first year, the agency says.

Sterling man convicted for 2001 kidnapping, sexual assault
Brian Mazurek, Peninsula Clarion, Nov 6, 2020
DNA from a previously unsubmitted SAK leads to conviction in case from 2001. “We owe it to every survivor to never give up, and make sure every possible piece of evidence or lead is tracked down,” Alaska’s Department of Public Safety Commissioner Amanda Price said in the press release.Deputy Attorney General John Skidmore also praised the survivor’s perseverance after not seeing justice for nearly 20 years. “She survived the sexual assault, she survived the two decades wait for the big break in the case, then survived the rigors of being cross examined as victim in a sexual assault case — something none of us would ever want to experience."

KARE 11 Investigates: Rape kit reforms pass, signed into law
Brandon Stahl, KARE 11, Nov 5, 2020
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed new law mandating all reported sexual assault kits must be tested and that all non reported sexual assault kits must be kept for 30 months. The bill also mandates a tracking system for SAKs to be created.

Fort Hood soldier arrested in year-old murder case
Hannah Hall, KWTX 10, Nov 4, 2020
DNA evidence and investigative work lead to an arrest in a cold case murder from 2019 in Killen.

Grant helps Fayetteville police send backlog of sexual assault kits to be tested, leading to arrest in pair of 1990 rapes
Kayla Strayer, CBS 17, Oct 28, 2020
DNA from previously unsubmitted SAKs in lead to arrest of suspect in two rape cases in Fayetteville, NC. “Things like this are what keep me going, and the fact that I can say, ‘hey I closed a 1990 case’,” Fayetteville Police Detective Danielle Kocher said. “Keep grinding with all the other cold cases I have, and a few currents I have as well.”

Iowa rolls out new system to track sexual assault test kits
KWQC 7, Oct 24, 2020
Iowa officials are rolling out a new system to track sexual assault evidence collection kits. Currently, 75% of law enforcement have access to the system. Each person examined for sexual assault evidence also will be given a login to track the progress of their kit.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutors find a way to keep hope alive for sexual assault victims in cases where suspects are still unidentified decades later
Hannah Catlette, 19 News, Oct 22, 2020
The Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office says it’s armed with new resources they say will help them track down violent rapists, who have yet to face punishment. They have created a map with pins for each of their top 20 unsolved cold case sexual assaults.

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