Evers Signs Bipartisan Bills On Sexual Assault Evidence Collection

Governor Tony Evers on Monday signed bills designed to ensure that evidence in sexual assault cases is processed promptly – and noted the bipartisan efforts that went into them.

“It does happen. Would we like to have it happen more often? Hell yes. Would we like to have it happen in a way that people aren’t denigrating each other? Hell yes. But the fact of the matter is we do accomplish a lot in many areas.”

State law now requires medical professionals to notify law enforcement of a sexual assault within 24 hours if the victim wishes to do so. Police must pick up sexual assault kits within 72 hours of being notified. If victims don’t want to report an assault, the kits must be sent to the State Crime Lab for storage. A second new law creates a database of sexual assault kits.