Release No: NR-094-17
March 15, 2017


Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) released its Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the United States Military Service Academies for Academic Program Year (APY) 2015 – 2016. The three academies include the United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, and United States Air Force Academy.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are at high risk for being victims of physical and sexual assault, harassment, bullying, and hate crimes, according to a new study by RTI International.

DES MOINES – More than 4,200 untested sexual assault evidence kits are stored in police departments and sheriff’s offices across Iowa, according to a yearlong survey of city and county law enforcement agencies conducted by the Attorney General’s Crime Victim Assistance Division.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 1, 2017) – Attorney General Andy Beshear today called the findings of a human trafficking study by the University of Louisville “revealing.”

The study found that 40 percent of homeless youth surveyed in Louisville and southern Indiana reported being victims of sex trafficking, mostly in exchange for money or lodging. The study found 70 percent of the sex trafficked youth reported that technology was used as part of their sex trafficking victimization.

January 30, 2017

MADISON, Wis. – Today, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA), in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Statewide Sexual Assault Response Team, announced the By Your Side campaign to support survivors of sexual assault. The By Your Side campaign is designed to reach out to all sexual assault survivors who had a sexual assault kit collected as the result of a sexual assault nurse exam.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 10, 2017) – Polaris, a global leader in the fight against human trafficking, issued the following statement tonight as, a long-time facilitator of sex trafficking in the United States, shut down the “adult” section of its website. The move comes hours before a hearing scheduled by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

RICHMOND (January 11, 2017)-Attorney General Mark R. Herring and the Virginia Department of Forensic Science (DFS) today announced that they have secured a $2 million federal grant to implement system-wide enhancements to the way Virginia handles sexual assaults, from evidence collection and testing all the way through to investigation and ongoing survivor support services. The funds come from the federal Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, and will support the next phase of the OAG and DFS' ongoing PERK kit project.

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PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that South Dakota Forensic Lab (SDFL) has completed the testing of all rape kits from law enforcement agencies in South Dakota. Untested rape kits have become and continue to be a national concern.

Since the beginning of this Administration, the President and Vice President have made it a priority to root out sexual misconduct wherever it exists, especially on our nation's college campuses. Students have played a significant role in carrying out the Administration’s vision for having educational institutions that are free from violence. Around the country, college women and men are taking active roles in ensuring that their schools have robust and comprehensive plans to better understand and prevent sexual misconduct. 

BALTIMORE, MD (January 3, 2017) – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced today that his office has released the “Statewide Accounting of Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits” report. To better protect victims of sexual assault, the Office of Attorney General recommends presumptive testing of all sexual assault kits, victim notification of test results, and retention of kits until the statute of limitations has run.  


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