Washington state rolls out system to track rape kit testing
SEATTLE (AP) — Survivors of sexual assaults in Washington state can now track the progress of their kits being analyzed through a new online portal.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports Washington State Patrol has implemented this week the online tracking system for sexual assault kits to allow survivors, as well as lawyers, medical staff and law enforcement to follow the testing process.
The state completed an inventory of untested sexual assault kits last month, counting 6,460 kits that had not yet been submitted by law enforcement agencies across the state for lab testing. The oldest untested kit dated back to 1982.
Larry Hebert, director of the patrol’s forensic laboratory services bureau, says a kit can take four to six weeks to process.
Information from: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, http://www.seattlepi.com/