Washington Attorney General commits $750K to test sexual assault kits

Washington Attorney General's Office
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson. 

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson committed $750,000 in grant funds to test unsubmitted sexual assault kits on Tuesday.

The move comes as part of Ferguson’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative.

“Every sexual assault kit is a story that needs to be told,” Ferguson said. “Testing the kits not only honors to the courage of survivors, but also identifies serial offenders who might otherwise go free.”

The Washington State Patrol is responsible for all law enforcement DNA testing in Washington State. WSP will send kits to an outside lab for testing, then seek reimbursement from the Attorney General’s Office grant funds.

According to a release, the Attorney General’s Office estimates 1,150 kits will be tested with the $750,000 grant.

The Attorney General’s Office said testing has already started using legislative funds. Once that funding is exhausted, WSP can begin seeking reimbiursement from the federal grant funds. The Attorney General’s Office will track cases if they result in DNA matches.

Ferguson applied for a Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Grant from the Department of Justice in April 2017.

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