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New Law Aimed At Breaking Rape Case Backlog

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(WLNS) - Thousands of unsolved cases of sexual assault could be one step closer to being settled.

Governor Snyder signed a new bill into law that will require officials to analyze rape evidence kits in a more timely manner.

Emerald Morrow has more from the Governor and the Attorney General who say they're committed to the fight against sexual assault.

Gov. Snyder says, "It really sets important timelines and guidelines, to make sure matters are handled in a very sensitive situation in a very timely manner."

Medical facilities and law enforcement now have tighter deadlines to turn over rape evidence for processing.

A move that comes five years after more than 11,000 rape kits in the Detroit area were found in a dDtroit police storage facility.

"That issue is being addressed just to be proactive on that. We're continuing the process of getting all those kits tested."

But there could be a loophole.

The bill says backlogged kits will only be processed if there's enough staff and money.

However, Governor Snyder insists the kits from Detroit will all be processed by May of next year.

A move Attorney General Bill Schuette applauds.

He says, "In the new budget that comes down October 1st, there'll be $3 million additional that'll require my office to prosecute these rapists, and I look forward to working with other prosecutors across the state to do just that."

Giving rape victims another word they can look forward to: hope.

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