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May 15, 2018
SEATTLE — Up to 10,000 rape kits in Washington state have yet to be tested and it’s left a lot of survivors in limbo.
“It is impossible to navigate this system,” said Leah Griffin, who was raped in 2014.
“I assumed that when I went through the six-hour procedure to have a rape kit done that it would result in an investigation, that police would test that kit and look at the evidence,” she said. “I didn’t find out until months later that they had no intention of testing my rape kit.”
Griffin spent those months futilely waiting by the phone for investigators to follow up. A year later, she helped pass state legislation that mandated testing rape kits.
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