Sexual Assault
6:12 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Backlog Of Rape Kits Prompts Bill In Washington State

A Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit
Credit Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

Law enforcement agencies in Washington State estimate more than 5,ooo kits containing DNA taken from rape victims are sitting on the shelf. A bill in Olympia would try to get these kits to the state’s crime lab to see what the evidence reveals.

At a hearing Wednesday Rick Bell, a prosecutor from Ohio, spoke in support of the measure. He says when his state started testing all of the rape kits sitting on its shelves distinct patterns of violent crime were revealed.

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