New Hampshire is set to get $650,000 in grants to support victims of sexual assault.
The state's Democratic congressional delegation says that the grant money comes from the National Institute of Justice at the U.S. Department of Justice. More than $316,000 will go to the New Hampshire Department of Safety to reduce sexual assault and rape kit backlogs. Another $333,558 goes to the New Hampshire Department of Justice to develop and initiate a tracking program for sexual assault kits.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said that sexual assault survivors face incredible challenges seeking help so it was important that the justice system has the necessary funding to handle cases in a timely fashion.
Sen. Maggie Hassan agreed, adding that "the state's backlog of sexual assault kits creates an undue burden" for victims.