LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that his department has been awarded a competitive three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women for a third time.
The "Improving Criminal Justice Response to Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, and Stalking Grant Program" will support the Department’s Sexual Assault Unit lead by Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis.
The unit also includes a special investigator and victim advocate.
“AAG Povilaitis’ efforts are crucial to our Department and her work for the victims of these horrible crimes has a lasting impact,” said Schuette.
“I commend her efforts in receiving this grant for the Sexual Assault Unit, and for the Department’s ongoing effort to deliver justice for victims of sexual assault.”
Cold Case Sexual Assault Unit
First received in 2011, then 2014, and now 2017, the grant will support the Sexual Assault Unit and its efforts to investigate, prosecute, and assist county prosecutors on sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking cases throughout Michigan. In addition to responding to requests from elected prosecutors, the Unit also will investigate sexual assault cold cases identified though a monthly CODIS hit list disseminated to prosecutors.
The award is the result of a joint project with the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board.
The Department recognizes Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis for her outstanding dedication and the entire Sexual Assault Unit for delivering justice for victims of sexual assault.
Cases Funded by the Previous Grants Received in 2011 and 2014
• Alan Broadnax - Schuette Secures Conviction in Abandoned Detroit Rape Kit Case
• James Rapp - Schuette: Former Priest Sentenced to Up to 40 Years on Sex Abuse Charges
• Larry Nassar - Schuette Charges Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar with Three Counts of 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct