Sexual assault survivors in California can track the status of evidence through the online portal – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES — California Attorney General Rob Bonta on Tuesday announced the hiring of the state’s first-ever sexual assault evidence coordinator and the launch of a new online portal that will allow survivors to track the status of their evidence.

“There is no place for sexual assault in California or anywhere else,” Bonta said in a statement.

“My office strives to do everything in our power to support survivors, reduce harm and ensure justice,” he said. “That is precisely what the new measures we are announcing today are about – increasing access to the information survivors are legally entitled to and supporting our local partners in their efforts to process evidence of sexual assault.”

The outreach coordinator, Dr. Sarai Crain, will work directly with law enforcement agencies, medical facilities and other partner organizations to support local efforts to track and process sexual assault evidence.

Collectively, the new initiatives aim to clear the backlog of sexual assault evidence at the local level, ensure timely processing of sexual assault evidence, and increase transparency and access to information for survivors, the attorney general said.

“Dr. Crain is a significant addition to our team and she will play a vital role in the fight to ensure that sexual assault evidence never gathers dust again,” said Bonta.

“And as a result of the new portal, survivors have direct access to critical information. The portal would not be possible without the tireless work of Senator (Connie) Leyva, survivor leaders and attorneys across the state committed to advocating for those affected by sexual violence. Together we will continue to fight against sexual abuse in all its forms.”

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/11/01/california-sexual-assault-survivors-can-track-status-of-evidence-kits-via-online-portal/ Sexual assault survivors in California can track the status of evidence through the online portal – Orange County Register

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