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Williams to lead effort on untested sexual assault kits.

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Williams to lead effort on untested sexual assault kits M. Keithley Williams will lead an effort to clear out a backlog of thousands of untested sexual assault kits, Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced at news conferences in Columbia and Kansas City.

Williams, the treatment court administrator for the city of St. Louis and a former Jasper County associate circuit judge, will work with law enforcement agencies, health care professionals and victim advocates to begin the process of logging untested kits.

In a statement, she said she plans to complete a detailed inventory of sexual assault kits with police departments and hospitals in Missouri within six months, then tackle forensic DNA testing and the development of an electronic tracking system for the kits.

"Reporting a sexual assault is incredibly difficult, a decision that takes a tremendous amount of bravery," Schmitt said in a statement. "We firmly believe that victims should have the peace of mind of knowing that when they come forward to report such a heinous crime they will be taken seriously and their sexual assault kit will be examined."

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