Governor Dunleavy unveils plan to fight sexual assault and violence in Alaska

Published: Aug. 10, 2021 at 4:22 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On Tuesday, August 10, Governor Mike Dunleavy unveiled a plan to help law enforcement investigate cases of sexual assault in the state of Alaska.

The plan is designed to get sexual predators and violent offenders off the streets, and to give survivors more control in their cases.

At a press conference, the governor said that over the last 25 years, many DNA samples from felony offenders were not collected despite the practice being lawfully required.

The plan involves collecting all owed DNA samples going forward, along with those that are owed already. Funding is also being given to better staff law enforcement agencies in order to reduce sexual assault kit testing and processing time to 90 days.

Dunleavy said, “As a former teacher who’s had to deal with, unfortunately, children that have been impacted by sexual abuse, sexual assault, as a father of three daughters who wants to make sure that this is the safest state in the country for all Alaskans, all of our women, all of our children, all of our men, we want to keep building on what we’re trying to accomplish - and that is to reduce this scourge, quite frankly, on Alaska, to the extent we possibly can.”

Dunleavy is asking for the state legislature to appropriate $1.1 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to help with the initiative.

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