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Baltimore County given $300,000 to support sexual assault investigations

Posted at 4:33 PM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 17:23:52-04

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. — Supporting sexual assault investigations and helping survivors, that's the purpose of a $300,000 grant given to Baltimore County.

County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced the award from the Hackerman Foundation on Monday. The funding will support cold case sexual assault investigations, provide resources for staffing and training and support the testing safe kits before April 2018.

"These resources will provide a critical support for investigations to secure justice and closure for victims who have been waiting for years or perhaps even longer," Olszewski said.

This announcement comes after a task force issued recommendations last week to the county about how it could better handle sexual assault cases. It was formed in February after the county was sued for its handling of sexual assault cases. A judge dismissed that lawsuit last month saying the plaintiffs needed to better focus their case.

They have until December 3 to re-file.