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MN AG Lori Swanson. convening sex assault task force after Star Tribune reports

Swanson: “Victims of sexual assault deserve justice."

July 24, 2018 - 3:14 pm

The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s special report this week on systemic problems in sexual assault investigations has gotten the attention of Minnesota’s Attorney General Lori Swanson.

The reports review more than 1,000 rape cases investigated by 20 law enforcement agencies in Minnesota. And identified glaring insufficiencies in the way many agencies handle sexual assault investigations at every stage of the process.

Swanson, who is running for governor, is now convening a sex assault investigative task force with a goal to make recommendations for changes in state law before the next legislative session.

“Victims of sexual assault deserve justice, and these cases deserve thorough and proper investigation and prosecution by the criminal justice system,” said Swanson.

Minnesota has no mandated training or official policy for investigating sexual assault cases.

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