Most people will agree that seeking justice for survivors of sexual assault is a public safety priority. However, a 2015 study identified an estimated 6,000 untested rape kits in Washington. Survivors who have reported the crime against them and undergone a rape exam deserve the assurance that the evidence collected will be used to help identify and stop the perpetrator.

More must be done to ensure every rape kit in Washington is tested.

Fortunately, the Washington State Legislature has the opportunity to do just that by addressing one of the main causes of the rape kit backlog: money. HB 2530 creates funding for testing kits and investigating cases by establishing a grant system, facilitating private donations, and imposing a small fee on admission to sexually oriented businesses, such as live adult entertainment clubs, to support these efforts.

HB 2530 also creates a statewide tracking system for rape kits, allowing both officials and survivors to track the status and location of specific kits. This bill was voted unanimously out of committee with bipartisan support, but it needs to move through the House Appropriations committee before tomorrow's cutoff for action.

Please urge the House Appropriations Committee
to pass HB 2530 out of committee! 



Action:  Use this link to email key committee members at once (sample message included). Having trouble? Try this link, or copy and paste this list into the "To" field of your email (sample message below):

Hans.Dunshee@leg.wa.gov; Timm.Ormsby@leg.wa.gov; Bruce.Chandler@leg.wa.gov; JT.Wilcox@leg.wa.gov; Pat.Sullivan@leg.wa.gov

Sample message:  I urge you to please pass HB 2530 out of the House Appropriations committee before tomorrow's deadline. Testing all rape kits is critical in seeking justice for survivors, as well as preventing future assaults. The 2015 Legislature made great progress by requiring the prompt testing of rape kits in Washington State - you now have the opportunity to continue that work. Please stand with survivors and pass HB 2530.



Thank you for taking action for survivors!

Sincerely,

David Ward
Legal & Legislative Counsel
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