Justice Department to cut funding for sex assault victim organizations
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Justice Department plans to dramatically cut funding for organizations that help sexual assault victims.
DOJ provides grants to victim service providers through its Sexual Assault Victim Services program. Agency officials warned providers in November that they plan to cut the grants by 42.5 percent.
DOJ officials say they had to make the cuts because the state budget has imposed a 10 percent cut to all state agencies and another $174.3 million in cuts on top of that.
The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault is calling the cuts disastrous. DOJ officials say they are aware of the challenges the cuts present but they have little choice.