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Wisconsin DOJ aims to do more to protect female crime victims

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The state Justice Department will soon do more to protect female victims of sensitive crimes.  

Justice official Jill Karofsky says there will soon be a new assistant attorney general whose only job is to train police officers to protect female victims. She also said the Attorney General's Statewide Sexual Assault Response Team is doing a lot to help.  

Thursday, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen spoke at a ceremony at the Capitol on the 30th anniversary of the federal Victims of Crime Act -- which uses surcharges from offenders to provide critical services for victims without making taxpayers spend more.

Van Hollen said there's been a lot of progress in the fight, but more needs to be done.

In the Rhinelander area, Melissa Dailey of a regional domestic violence and sexual assault council says too many people still blame victims for their plight -- and the focus needs to be put back onto the perpetrators.

Members of her group are speaking to school students this month, which is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)