I Am Evidence Documentary Watch Party Sponsored by Unite Against Rape & Benefitting the Washington State Rape Kit Reform Campaign
In October of 2015, after a legislative tour of evidence rooms filled with untested sexual assault kits, media coverage on the issue, and news coming from other states regarding unsubmitted rape kits, the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs polled their members on the number of unprocessed and unsubmitted rape kits in their custody. Approximately 6,000 rape kits were identified as untested in Washington State.
The Washington State Attorney Generals Office has now completed a more comprehensive audit. The Attorney Generals Office received inventory information from 208 law enforcement agencies as of October 3, 2018. The total number of untested rape kits identified in Washington State is 6,460.
The combined legislative measures first enaccted in 2015, and spearheaded by Washington State Representative Tina Orwall, will establish a coordinated, statewide effort that moves towards the creation and implementation of a victim-centered, trauma informed reform program.
Wayne County Michigan prosecutor Kym Worthy has explained:
Testing is the first step in bringing justice to long neglected victims. The next important steps are investigation and prosecution. People should be aware that these kits contain valuable evidence that can assist law enforcement in preventing future rapes, robberies, home invasions and even homicides.
The mandatory testing of all kits is critical for investigative purposes regardless of whether the statute of limitations has passed for prosecuting individual rape cases. Moreover, the mandatory testing of all kits is a critical tool for identifying serial rapists across state lines.
Washington State is now in a unique position regarding the public safety imperative of its statewide rape kit reform campaign. The combined effect of the Washington State Rape Kit Reform legislative measures represents the potential to establish DNA matches and identify an untold number of serial rapists leading to an untold potential for indictments and prosecutions.
To that end, the Washington State Rape Kit Reform Campaign is now accepting donations to eliminate the Washington States rape kit backlog.
You can donate to the WA State Rape Kit Reform Campaign at the following link: gofundme.com/7n2qdz
This event is sponsored by Unite Against Rape. All donations will be transferred to and managed by the Washington State Department of Commerce.
A one hour discussion period will follow the 90 minute I Am Evidence documentary which begins at 3 pm on December 9th. Speakers during the discussion period include:
WA State Representative Tina Orwall
Lindsey Wade, Senior Investigator - WA State Attorney Generals Office, Sexual Assault Kit Initiative
Leah Griffin - WA State Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Best Practices Task Force
Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
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