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September 3, 2013 > Bill protects sexual assault victim funds

Bill protects sexual assault victim funds

Submitted By Sergio Reyes

Governor Jerry Brown signed important bipartisan legislation on August 26, 2013 authored by Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-East Bay) ensuring that local law enforcement entities within California continue receiving reimbursement from federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funding for costs of sexual assault medical examinations.

Sponsored by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), SB 107 authorizes state agencies' use of federal grant monies to reimburse local law enforcement for the costs incurred in administering "rape kits" to victims of sexual assault. Under VAWA, CalEMA / Office of Emergency Services received approximately $12 million from the federal government last year.

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