sexual assault

A former police officer from Pasco, Washington, has been charged with a homicide from nearly three decades ago.

A measure moving through the state legislature would give rape victims in Oregon more time to come forward to report an attack.

Oregon lawmakers want to make it easier for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses to get the support they need.

Backlog Of Rape Kits Prompts Bill In Washington State

Jan 14, 2015
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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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A University of Oregon task force on sexual violence proposed 23 recommendations at a university senate meeting Wednesday.

The task force report is called "Twenty Students Per Week." That refers to about how often undergraduate women at U of O experience unwanted sexual contact. The same survey with those numbers also found most student-victims don't report being sexually assaulted.

"The University of Oregon can become a leader in addressing this problem," Carol Stabile said.

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Washington State University and the University of Idaho are among the schools under investigation over their handling of sexual assault cases. Federal law requires universities to investigate reports of sexual violence and harassment, and to take steps to prevent future incidents. The U.S. Department of Education released a list of 55 colleges and universities they say may have broken the law.

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Washington Senator Patty Murray was in Seattle Friday discussing her legislation aimed at combating military sexual assault.

A sexual harassment lawsuit against Evans Fruit near Yakima, Wash., came under scrutiny this week during a congressional hearing. The feds recently lost this expensive, high-profile case, and some Congress members are now asking… “Was it worth it?”

In its latest report, the Department of Defense says more than 2,700 service members reported being sexually assaulted in 2012. Tuesday, Washington Senator Patty Murray introduced a new bill she says will help better protect victims of military sexual assault from intimidation and systemic challenges.